At least six people are believed killed after Syrian forces fired on protesters near a mosque in the southern city of Deraa.
One of those killed is said to have been a doctor who went to help the victims in the attack.
Protesters had erected tents in the grounds of the Omari mosque saying they would remain there until their demands for reform were met.
Syria has seen six days of unprecedented unrest in which a total of ten civilians have now died at the hands of the country’s military.
President Bashar al-Assad is facing his biggest ever challenge to his 11-year rule.
As head of the ruling Baath Party, activists have targeted the organisation’s buildings as symbols of oppression and corruption.
Despite promises of reform, Assad refuses to end 48 years of emergency rule or allow political opposition.