Activists: Syrian security open fire at protesters


Activists say Syrian security forces have opened fire at protesters who streamed into the streets after Friday prayers.

The activists say there is no immediate word on casualties.

The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says intense shooting was heard around the Rawda mosque in the eastern city of Deir el-Zour.

Syria-based rights activist Mustafa Osso says thousands poured into the streets of predominantly Kurdish northeastern towns such as Qamishli, Amouda, and Derbasiyeh.

State-run TV said a policeman was killed and four wounded Friday when they came under fire in the village of Busra Hariri in the southern province of Daraa.

A popular uprising began in Syria in mid-March. President Bashar Assad has reacted with deadly force that the U.N. estimates has left some 2,600 people dead.