Syrian forces shot dead at least 33 people when they opened fire to break up anti-regime demonstrations that flared across the country after the weekly prayers, activists said.
Ten people, including two children, were killed in separate shootings on protesters in the southern province of Daraa, while three were killed in the central city of Homs and one in a Damascus suburb, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
The shootings come a day after President Bashar Al Assad told the UN chief Ban Ki-moon that his security forces ended operations against civilians.
In related news, more than 40 Syrian “revolution blocs” have forged a coalition to unite their efforts against the regime of Bashar Al Assad, according to a statement received Friday by AFP, as Syrian troops resumed their bloody crackdown against civilians across the country.
The so-called Syrian Revolution General Commission (SRGC) said the coalition was formed due to “the dire need to unite the field, media and political efforts” of the pro-democracy movement launched in mid-March.
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