ANTAKYA, Turkey -- Large protests marking the two-year anniversary of the Syrian uprising were held across the country Friday as the opposition vowed to continue its fight to topple President Bashar Assad.
As the fighting entered a third year, there were scant signs of a political solution that some world leaders have been pushing. More than 70,000 people have been killed, many of them women and children, according to the United Nations.
In Damascus, the capital, government security forces spread out across many neighborhoods in an effort to prevent large demonstrations, opposition activists reported. Protests occurred in southern, rebel-held neighborhoods.
"Today people came out despite the danger ... they came out to prove that the revolution is ongoing and victory is coming," said activist Susan Ahmad, based in the Damascus suburbs. "And we'll sacrifice with our lives for freedom and this is a warning to the criminal regime."
In the suburbs, mostly under opposition rebel control, regime forces shelled many mosques during Friday prayers in an attempt to quell the public displays of dissent, Ahmad said. Despite the shelling, protesters still gathered. Almost two dozen people were killed, she said.