At least 25 people were killed in protests in Syria on Friday. Most of the deaths occured in the cities of Hama in the north, and Homs in central Syria – both focal points for the democracy movement.
Demonstrations continue against the rule of President Bashar al-Assad.
Perhaps mindful of the fate of Libya’s former leader Muammar Gaddafi one day earlier, security was increased with protesters facing another tough crackdown.
Libya’s National Transitional Council are the only ones to internationally recognise Syria’s opposition National Council as a legitimate authority. The group formed in Istanbul this month has been trying to copy the success of Libya’s new government by seeking international support as it tries to form an alternative administration to Bashar’s rule.