U.S. and French envoys in Hama, 13 killed in Syria
Tens of thousands of people rallied in the Syrian city of Hama on Friday, calling for the downfall of President Bashar al-Assad, as Western envoys visited the city to show support for protesters.
Activists said security forces shot dead 13 people elsewhere, including six in the town of Dumair near Damascus.
Hama, 200 km (125 miles) north of Damascus, has seen some of the biggest demonstrations against Assad and was also the site of a brutal crackdown by his father nearly 30 years ago. Assad deployed tanks outside the city this week.
Footage on the Internet showed a huge crowd in Hama’s Orontes Square, some carrying a Syrian flag tens of meters long and chanting “The people want the downfall of the regime.”