Syrian Security Forces Conduct Deadly Overnight Raids

At least five people have been killed after Syrian security forces conducted overnight raids, in an apparent crack down on dissent.

Activists said Saturday that forces moved into a Damascus suburb and opened fire on civilians. The Associated Press says a similar raid took place in the eastern town of al-Boukamal.

On Friday, rights groups and witnesses said security forces killed at least seven people during anti-government protests across the country.  

They said many of the deaths occurred in the seaside town of Latakia. However, a state-run media report said “masked saboteurs” fired shots and threw dynamite at security forces and civilians in the town.

Overall, tens of thousands of protesters rallied for President Bashar al-Assad’s departure on Friday in what has become a weekly ritual.