At least 21 Syrians, including a prominent Kurdish rights activist, were killed on Friday as thousands of people rallied against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, activists said. This came as Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said Assad will have to leave power if he fails to implement reforms acceptable to the opposition, AFP reported.
Kurdish activist and opposition spokesman Meshaal Tamo, 53, was killed when four masked gunmen stormed his house in the town of Qamishli, also severely injuring his son and another fellow activist in the Kurdish Future Party, activists said. Thousands of Kurds took to the streets in Qamishli after Tamo's murder.
The official SANA news agency reported Tamo's "assassination," but said he was killed "by gunmen in a black car who fired at his car."
Tamo, a member of the newly formed Syrian National Council (SNC) opposition grouping, had been released recently after three and a half years in prison.
Meanwhile, leading opposition figure and former MP Riad Seif had to be given hospital treatment after being beaten outside a mosque in the capital's commercial quarter of Meydan.