A large protest in northwest Syria was the latest to turn deadly, as Syrian security forces killed 25 people, a human rights group said Sunday.
The protest in Jisr al-Shaghour drew thousands of people on Saturday, an activist said. Syrian forces opened fire on protesters, the activist and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
The group, which is regularly in touch with activists in different parts of the country, said 25 people were confirmed dead following the Saturday incident.
Sunday's protest was held to mark the 44th anniversary of the Arab defeat in the 1967 Middle East war, when Israel captured the Golan Heights, as well as the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, where Palestinians want to establish a state.
Palestinians in Syria marched down from a hilltop overlooking thevillage of Majdal Shams on Sunday to the Israeli frontier, which before last month had been mostly peaceful for decades.
The leader of Lebanon's militantgroup, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, praised the "courageous" demonstrators on Monday and said they had sent "a clear message of insistence and commitment in this umma (community)."