Syrian forces killed at least 11 people as over 1 million demanded the ouster of President Bashar al-Assad’s regime on Friday, rights activists and witnesses said. Five civilians died overnight in Homs, Syria’s third largest city, locals said.
Six others were later shot dead in protests in the Damascus suburb of Mleeha, in Homs, and in the Idlib area in the northwest, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and the National Organisation for Human Rights told Reuters.
Rights activists reported protests after Friday prayers in several places including Medan district of Damascus, Latakia, Deraa and Deir al-Zor.
In the Kurdish region, dozens of people were wounded when police and militia used batons and teargas against protesters in the northeastern city of Qamishli, witnesses said.