Fear and bloodshed remain a constant in the Syrian capital of Damascus, where at least one person was killed and several were injured Saturday when security forces opened fire at the funeral of three youths killed Friday during a protest against President Bashar al-Assad.

Opposition members said the government also resumed its attack on the central city of Homs.

The funeral attack came after Chinese envoy Zhai Jun spoke with President Assad in Damascus. China continued to reject the option of U.N. military intervention in Syria, saying simply that all parties involved should stop fighting. –ARK


Activists say there was a huge turnout for Saturday’s funeral in the Mezzeh district on the western edge of Damascus. Mourners were burying three youths shot dead during protests following Friday prayers.

The funeral procession turned into one of the biggest demonstrations the capital has seen, with thousands of people chanting slogans calling for an end to the Assad regime.

According to activists, security forces opened fire, killing at least one protester and injuring several others.

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