AMMAN - Syrian forces shot dead 11 protesters when they fired live ammunition to disperse pro-democracy demonstrations after Friday prayers, activists said.
Across Syria, crowds of protesters shouted slogans and carried placards pleading for the world to help them against a bloody crackdown by Syrian President Bashar Assad's forces."Help Syria. It is bleeding," read placards carried by protesters in the southern Damascus suburb of Hajar al-Aswad, home to tens of thousands of refugees from the Golan heights, about 30 km (20 miles) away.
The slogans and placards were on video footage aired by Syrian residents on the Internet. Syrian authorities expelled most independent media when the uprising began in March.