Syrian security forces have killed eight people, including two children, activists said, as UN Security Council permanent member China urged President Bashar al-Assad to accelerate promised reforms.
Meanwhile, there were reports that the Syrian army had laid mines along the border with Lebanon to stop arms smuggling.
“A 15-year-old minor was killed and three people were wounded by security forces during raids” overnight in Dael, a protest hub near the southern city of Daraa, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
On Wednesday, more than 5000 people in Dael called for the fall of the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, the Observatory said, adding that 23 people were arrested there.
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