Syria security forces kill six as protests erupt across the country

A human rights activist said Syrian security forces have killed six people during widespread protests on Friday.

Thousands of protesters held rallies in major areas across the country, including the capital, Damascus, and its suburbs.

The activist said five people were killed Friday in the central city of Homs and one in Hama. He asked that his name not be used for fear of reprisals by the government. He is a senior member of a human rights group that compiles death toll figures in Syria.

Witnesses said security forces also opened fire at protesters in the town of Tel, just north of the capital, wounding demonstrators.

Also on Friday, Syrian security forces arrested opposition leader Riad Seif at a pro-democracy demonstration in the Midan district of Damascus, according to his daughter and human rights campaigners.