Syrian opposition calls for pro-revolution protests
Syria's opposition called Friday for protests across the country in support of the pro-democracy revolution that has entered its second year dpa reported
"Today (Friday) is a big day. Take to the streets and chant for freedom," activists wrote on the opposition Facebook page of the Syrian Revolution 2011.
Security forces deployed across the capital Damascus, mainly in the district of Hamra near the parliament, following overnight anti-regime protests, witnesses said.
On the first anniversary of the start of the uprising Thursday, government forces intensified their attacks on the northern province of Idlib, a stronghold of the rebel Syrian Free Army, according to the opposition.
The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Thursday that 9,113 people, mainly civilians, had been killed across Syria since anti-government protests began in mid-March, 2011.
News from Syria is hard to independently verify as the government has restricted the movement of foreign media from the country since the uprising began.
The UN-Arab League envoy on Syria, Kofi Annan, is to report Friday to the Security Council on his diplomatic efforts to end the Syrian conflict, which the United Nations estimates has claimed more than 8,000 lives.