DAMASCUS - Syrian forces killed at least five people on Friday when they fired at demonstrations calling for the downfall of President Bashar Assad in the capital Damascus and the northern city of Aleppo, activists said.
Three people were killed when security forces fired on a demonstration in the Kfar Souseh district of Damascus, and a teenager was shot dead in the poor neighborhood of Tadamun, activists said.
Another person was shot dead in Aleppo, a day after security forces and students with knives attacked a university protest against Assad, killing at least four people in Syria's once relatively peaceful commercial hub and second city.
The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said three people were killed overnight in Aleppo, and put the death toll in violence across the country over the last 24 hours at more than 20.
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