Reporting from Beirut — Pro-democracy protesters said they continued to be attacked in cities across Syria on Tuesday, a day after President Bashar Assad promised political reforms in a rare public speech.
The protesters said the clashes were started by pro-Assad demonstrators, in some cases accompanied by government security forces, in at least seven cities, including Hama, Homs and Latakia.
In Homs, three people were killed in fighting, according to residents cited by Reuters. Amateur video, said by activists to have been shot in Homs, appeared to show residents coming under gunfire.
In Hama, pro-government crowds were gathered by security forces to attack the protesters, pro-democracy activists said.
Monday's speech by Assad, which included no concrete plans for reform, was met with dissatisfaction from the international community as well as protesters.