Syrian security troops fired upon demonstrators

Activists report Syrian security troops have fired upon anti-government demonstrators, killing seven or more people.

The killings occurred on Friday, as thousands of protesters filled streets around the nation with renewed demands for President Bashar al-Assad’s departure.

During the protests, Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad assigned blame for much of the nation’s violent unrest on “terrorists.” In a presentation to the U.N. Human Rights Councilon October 7, he said that criminals had slaughtered in excess of 1,100 people across the country.

The world body, which meets in Geneva, is looking over Syria’s suppression of the anti-government demonstrations. The meeting takes place one day after the United Nations increased its death toll from Syria’s seven-month clampdown on resistance to 2,900.

In a related development, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said on Friday that Assad will have to yield his command if he cannot achieve reforms.

Both China and Russia vetoed a draft U.N. Security Council resolution on Tuesday that condemned Syria for its action against civilian demonstrators.

On October 10, a Syrian delegation including resistance leaders will visit Moscow.

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