On Friday, violent clashes were reported in several Syrian cities, with more than 30 protestors shot to death by security forces in Deraa, Damascus, Latakia and Sanamein.
The situation in the country is calm, al-Arabiya television quoted Syria's information minister as saying on Friday, as the protests spread.
"The situation is completely calm in all parts of the country," the television station quoted Information Minister Muhsin Bilal as saying.
It was not clear when he was speaking.
Meanwhile, an official source claimed that an "armed gang" attacked headquarters of the people's army in the town of Sanamein, south of the capital Damascus, in an attempt to storm it, Syrian news agency Sana reported.
"The headquarters' guards confronted the gang and the clash resulted in the deaths of several attackers, the source said," Sana reported. "He added that security forces will continue pursuing armed gangs that terrorize civilians and inhabitants and try to tamper with the security of the country and citizens."
Troops mow down stone throwersAccording to different eyewitness accounts at odds with official Syrian reports troops who opened fire at protestors over ripped photos of President Bashar Assad and the stoning of soldiers.
Various websites featured difficult images of the bodies of the dead alongside the bleeding wounded.
Several protestors were also killed in Deraa, where an eyewitness said that security forces opened fire in response to a demonstrator ripping Assad's photo and an attempt to break a statue of late President Hafez Assad.
Amnesty: At least 55 dead in weekIn sharp contradiction to the official Syrian statements, human rights group Amnesty International said on Friday at least 55 people are believed to have been killed since protests erupted in and around the southern Syrian city of Deraa a week ago.
The figure may not include the most recent deaths in the country.
"Security forces again opened fire on protesters in Sanamein and carried out arrests in Damascus, according to reports on Friday, a day after the authorities pledged to investigate the violence," Amnesty said in a statement.
The United States also seemed to take Syrian denials with a grain of salt, calling on the Syrian government to stop violence against demonstrators and the arrests of human rights activists, White House spokesman Jay Carney said on Friday.
"We strongly condemn the Syrian government's attempts to repress and intimidate demonstrators," he told reporters.
Reuters and AFP contributed to the report
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