BEIRUT - Supporters of President Bashar Assad shot dead two people in Syria on Monday, activists
said, hours after he dismissed Western calls to step down and
warned that any military action against his country would
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said loyalist gunmen
known as 'shabbiha' who were celebrating after Assad's comments
on Syrian television opened fire in Masyaf, west of the city of
the central city of Hama, killing two people and wounding four.
They also attacked shops belonging to Assad opponents, it said.
Assad faces growing Western calls to step down over his
crackdown on more than five months of pro-democracy protests in
which the United Nations says around 2,000 civilians have died.