Syrian masses protest 311.
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On a day when eight people were killed during anti-government demonstrations throughout Syria, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu was quoted on Friday as saying that Syrian President Bashar Assad should deliver "shock therapy" reforms to end the bloody protests.
RELATED:Hezbollah denies training Bahraini protestersNetanyahu to Nasrallah: Stay in your bunkerIn comments carried by state-run Anatolian, Davutoglu said he believed it was possible for Syria to end the unrest but that the "treatment" should feature "shock therapy," including reforms on the economy, security, politics and the judiciary.
Davutoglu's words are among the most forceful by a Turkish official, highlighting Turkey's growing concern over a crisis that has sparked world outrage.
The comments, made in an interview with a Turkish television channel late on Thursday, were repeated in a separate interview with the New York Times, in which Davutoglu said: "Now what [Assad] needs is shock therapy to gain the heart of his people."
Davutoglu's comments came as three
protesters were shot dead as live fire was used to disperse
hundreds of protesters in the Qatana suburb east of the capital
Damascus, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
Also on Friday, Syrian security forces killed four protesters in the southern town of Daal as demonstrations demanding the
removal of Assad swept the area, residents and
An additional protester was killed in an incident near the Lebanon border. In the city of Albu Kamal on the Iraqi border, protesters burned pictures of Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah, whose speech in Beirut this week in support of Assad
infuriated demonstrators, activists and a tribal leader in the province
told Reuters by phone, adding security forces had withdrawn from the
streets of Albu Kamal.
Foreign correspondents are barred from Syria and witness reports are hard to verify independently.