Syrian security forces used tear gas
on Friday to disperse protesters as hundreds
of thousands massed in cities across the
country in some of the largest protests seen
in the nine-month uprising against President
said they were aiming to show Arab League
the level of popular dissent. The observers
arrived in Syria this week to assess whether
Damascus had halted violence against
The Syrian Observatory for
said at least 250,000 people were on the
streets of Idlib after Friday prayers.
Activists in Hama and the Damascus suburb of
Douma said tens of thousands of people were
protesting. Al Jazeera television showed
live footage of what appeared to be tens of
thousands of protests in a district of Homs.
The Observatory said protesters hurled
stones at security forces in Douma. At least
24 people were wounded.
Syria has banned
journalists and Reuters is unable to verify
the accuracy of these reports.