People burning picture of President Bashar al-Assad
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Syria: Death toll rises amid fresh demonstrations

At least 13 people were killed in fresh protests that shook Syria's cities on Friday, despite a government crackdown.

Deaths were reported in Homs and Hama, when security forces opened fire on protesters campaigning against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, while a prominent dissident was reportedly arrested in Damascus.

In the south, the city of Deraa is still surrounded by tanks after troops were sent in nearly a fortnight ago.

Jeremy Bowen reports.