Al Jazeera reports:
Protests have erupted in cities across Syria, despite a series of concessions by Bashar al-Assad, the president, including sacking the cabinet and firing two governors.
Witnesses said security forces were using live ammunition against protesters in Daraa. A source told Al Jazeera that at least seven people were killed in the southern border town; however, the report could not be immediately verified.
Separate demonstrations were reported in cities including Qamishli, Deir e-Zor in the east, the coastal city of Banias, and in the Damascus suburb of Douma.
The more than 10,000 protesters have been met with violence, the New York Times reports:
Security forces countered a rising tide of unrest in Syria on Friday with tear gas, batons and live ammunition as more than 10,000 protesters took to the streets of several cities in a third week of protests against the government of President Bashar al-Assad, according to witnesses and activists reached by telephone.
In the southern city of Dara’a, chants of “Peaceful, peaceful!” rose through clouds of tear gas as security forces on a central bridge tried to keep two groups of thousands of protesters from joining together, a resident said, speaking in return for anonymity to avoid reprisals.
Security forces then opened fire on the protesters, killing “more than 10,” according to the resident, who spoke by telephone. “There are martyrs in the street,” he said frantically before his line went dead. Syrian state television confirmed several deaths but said “rouge elements” within the protest had fired on security forces, Bloomberg News reported.
And the AP reports that at least four protesters have been killed today in the southern Syrian city of Daraa:
A witness says four protesters have been killed in the southern Syrian city of Daraa.
Security forces fired tear gas and live ammunition Friday as thousands of protesters gathered in Daraa. The city has become the epicenter of the country's protest movement.
The witness said he counted at least four corpses at the city's hospital.