Syrian forces have killed at least 30 people, including three children, after firing on anti-government demonstrations across the country during a planned national strike, activists have said.
Two boys, ages 10 and 12, were hit by stray bullets near government checkpoints on Friday in Homs, Syria's third-largest city and a hotbed of opposition to the regime, according to the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Another activist group, the Syrian Revolution General Commission, said three defected soldiers had also been killed there.
Activists dubbed Friday the day of the "Dignity Strike" and had hoped to stage a mass display of civil disobedience. There were also reports of violence and arrests in Aleppo and Damascus, the capital.
Rula Amin reports.