At least 15 killed in Syrian protests

 (CNN) — At least 15 people were killed Friday across Syria in widespread anti-government demonstrations, according to reports.

Six people were killed in Latakia, five in Idlib and Maaret al-Nouman, two in the Damascus suburb of Qaboun, and two in Basra al-Harir in Daraa province, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

In the northern town of Maaret al-Nouman, Syrian security forces and helicopters sprayed automatic weapons fire into a crowd of thousands of protesters demonstrating Friday after prayers, killing at least four men, an activist said.

Another group reported a nationwide death toll of 22.


Internet service to Syria reportedly cut as more protests erupt

By Douglas Stanglin, USA TODAY


All Internet service to Syria has been cut as protesters again pour into the streets of several cities in anti-government demonstrations, Al Jazeera reports.

Al-Jazeera quotes a government-sponsored website as confirming the communications shutdown: «The Syrian government has cut off internet service (3G, DSL, Dial-up) all across Syria, including in government institutions.»