(Al Jazeera English: 1524 PST, April 1, 2011) At least four people were killed when security forces opened fire on anti-government protesters in a suburb of the capital Damascus. Witnesses said thousands of people demonstrated to demand reforms in cities across the country.
Many videos purporting to show the violence that erupted have been uploaded to the internet. One incident in particular appears to show heavy gunfire on a crowd in the countryside in the south. Al Jazeera's Tarek Bazley reports.
Up to 10 Die in Syrian 'Day of Martyrs'
(Euronews: 1539 PST, April 1, 2011) There are reports that up to 10 people have been killed in protests in Syria on Friday, with at least four deaths in the capital, Damascus. Demonstrators took to the streets in several of the country's major cities, including Hons, Baniyas, and Latakia. They named Friday "The Day of Martyrs." Security forces have been accused of using heavy-handed tactics, including locking protesters inside a mosque.