At least seven people are said to have been killed in Syria on Monday, after rallies in support of President Bashar al-Assad descended into violence. Witnesses say the deaths occurred when army and security forces intervened on behalf of Assad’s supporters in the town of Homs and Mayadeen.
The head of the Syrian National Organisation for Human Rights says Assad supporters, known as Shabbiha, fired on the protesters in Homs.
State television had earlier shown thousands of people in central Damascus waving flags and pictures of Assad. He had announced an amnesty on Monday during a speech in which he promised vague reforms.
The military crackdown has pushed thousands of people north towards safety. The UN says up to a thousand people a day have been crossing into Turkey since June 7. More than 10,000 are being sheltered there in four temporary camps.
The International Red Cross says it has been promised access to the conflict zones on the Syrian side of the border.