The Syrian Observatory Human Rights said late Saturday that 12 anti-government protesters were killed by security forces earlier in the day.Add to that the nearly 10,000 who have been detained by the regime in an effort to stop the ongoing protests.
The National Organization for Human Rights in Syria, NOHR-S, said most of those killed Saturday were in the northern province of Idlib and the central region of Homs.
Violence erupted Saturday when thousands who participated in funeral processions left the graveyard after burying some of the 44 victims killed by government security forces on Friday, CNN reported.
"We were chanting and praying for the martyrs and they just sprayed us with their bullets. I saw seven to eight people on the ground bleeding and moaning. I ran as fast as I could as bullets flew past us toward the fields and hid among the olive trees until another mourner saw me and helped me walk to the main road," one activist told CNN.
Funeral processions for those previously killed are themselves turned into killing fields by Assad's security forces.
Syrian forces killed 12 people in a funeral procession for anti-government activists, raising the two-day civilian death toll to at least 62, activists said.
The mourners were killed yesterday during the burial ceremony in Homs of 11 people killed the day before by security forces in the central city, Mahmoud Merhi, head of the Arab Organization for Human Rights said. At least one man was also killed by government forces during overnight raids on neighborhoods in the Damascus suburb of Sebqa, he said in a telephone interview.