Damascus: Tens of thousands of Syrians have attended funerals for people killed in Friday’s anti-government protests. Reports say in some places security forces tried to break up the crowds, who were chanting slogans as they carried the coffins in the streets. At least one person was reported to have been shot dead by security forces in a protest near the Iraqi border.
The funerals came as opposition figures met in Turkey to discuss uniting to oust President Bashar al-Assad.
One of the leaders of the National Salvation Congress, Wael al-Hafez, reportedly called for a campaign of civil disobedience.
At least 28 people were killed in Damascus and other cities on Friday, in what some said were the largest protests since the anti-government uprising began in March.
Videos posted on the internet apparently show thousands of protesters carrying coffins through the streets of the capital, Damascus on Saturday and calling for freedom.
International journalists have been denied access to Syria and the figures cannot be independently verified.
Activists said security forces opened fire on a protest in the eastern border town of Albu Kamal near the Iraqi border, killing one person and injuring others.
“Military Intelligence patrols fired on a crowd at the main square,” one witness told the media.