Bloody clashes erupt during mass rallies across Syria
At least 72 protesters have been killed by security forces in Syria, rights groups say - the highest reported death toll in five weeks of unrest there.
Demonstrators were shot, witnesses say, as thousands rallied across the country, a day after a decades-long state of emergency was lifted.
Many deaths reportedly occurred in a village near Deraa in the south, and in a suburb of the capital, Damascus. BBC correspondents have not been allowed to enter Syria, but Owen Bennett-Jones filed this report from neighbouring Lebanon.
The BBC cannot independently verify the pictures shown, but they are thought to be amateur video from Friday's protests around Syria
22 Apr 2011