There has been fresh bloodshed in Syria, with up to 15 people killed in Deraa, the southern city that has become the focus of calls for freedom.
An 11-year-old girl is said to be among the dead, reportedly hit by a stray bullet fired at the funerals of two people killed by security forces earlier.
On the sixth day of demonstrations, the governor of the Deraa region has been dismissed as demands for democracy gather pace.
Overnight, police used tear gas and live ammunition in a raid on the mosque at the heart of the Deraa protests, according to witnesses. State television has shown cash, weapons and ammunition it said were found inside the mosque.
Witnesses have now reported that President Bashar al-Assad’s security forces have fired on hundreds of youths marching to Deraa, in solidarity with the city.