14 May 2011

More demonstrations in Syria

6:21 am on 14 May 2011

Thousands of people have again been taking part in anti-government protests across Syria following Friday prayers.

Three people were reportedly killed when security forces opened fire to break up a demonstration in the central city of Homs.

There were also reports of gunfire in the southern city of Deraa.

Earlier, an opposition leader said President Bashar al-Assad had promised that troops would not fire on protesters.

The BBC reports Homs has been the scene of a military operation since Monday. Areas have been shelled by tanks and troops have been conducting house-to-house searches.

Reports from Syria are hard to verify independently, as foreign journalists are not allowed into the country.