Khaleej Times newspaper reported that Dozens of Syrians living in Saudi Arabia demonstrated in Jeddah city on Thursday against the Damascus authorities crackdown on anti-government protests.
Saudi Police did not intervene even though demonstrations are banned in the Saudi kingdom.
Syrian expatriates held similar demonstrations last month in both Jeddah and Riyadh. In the capital, the police intervened and made dozens of arrests,AFP reported.
The Syrian regime on Thursday continued its crackdown on dissent as it sent security forces into a northwestern village, rights activists said. "A force comprising seven armored vehicles and 10 jeeps stormed the village of Ibleen in Jabal Al-Zawiyah (region) in search of people wanted by the security services," the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said in a statement.
According to rights activists, on Wednesday Syrian force killed 23 people, 21 of them in a tank-backed raid on the central city of Homs. The Syrian Observatory said "military reinforcements including 20 truckloads of troops entered the city," and that there was "intense gunfire in the market and governorate headquarters."
Eight soldiers and five "insurgents" were killed Homs, the official Sana news agency reported, adding that "dozens" of soldiers were wounded by "armed terrorists who attacked civilians and security forces" across the city. "Security forces succeeded in eliminating them and five of the armed criminals were killed," SANA news said.
Turkish President Abdullah Gul told Al Arabiya, in an interview broadcast Thursday,he has called on his Syrian counterpart Bashar Assad to "draw lessons" from the popular uprisings sweeping the Arab world, including Syria.
He said that cracking down on the protests in Syria, a neighbor of Turkey, was no longer acceptable.The reforms declared by Assad are limited and late,Gul added.
At least 2,200 people have been killed since the anti-government protests started in Syria in mid-March, according to the United Nations.