Syrian security forces on Friday killed at least 20 people as thousands of anti-regime protesters rallied in cities after the Ramadan weekly prayers, rights activists said.
A man was shot dead in a dawn assault on the Damascus suburb of Saqba while a woman died when troops opened fire in the town of Kahn Sheikhun in northwestern Idlib province, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights sai, according to AFP.
Deaths were also reported in the cities of Hama, Homs and Deir Ezzor. Three were killed and one wounded in Aleppo, Syria's second-largest city, where security forces again fired to disperse are protesters, the Observatory said.
Meanwhile, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged countries to stop trading with Syria. "We urge those countries still buying Syrian oil and gas, those countries still sending Assad weapons... to get on the right side of history," Clinton told reporters.
She also suggested on CBS News that China and India impose energy sanctions on Syria, and called on Moscow to stop selling arms to the Assad regime.