Syria: At least 23 killed during Friday protests
At least 23 people were killed Friday during clashes across Syria, activists said. Seven fatalities were reported in the suburbs of capital and two in the city itself, six in Deir Ezzor and Boukamal, three in Daraa and one each in Lattakia and Hama, the activists conveyed.
In addition, Syrian security forces killed three troops who they tried to defect; another 13 were injured, the activists said.
Protesters marched in Damascus, Homs, Lattakia and other cities, and were met by harsh response by security forces. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said heavy gunfire was heard near the Abraham Mosque in a Damascus suburb and in the area of a protest in another Damascus neighborhood.
Meanwhile, state media said terrorists blew up an oil pipeline in Tal Kalakh near Homs.