Businesses in several Syrian cities remained shuttered Wednesday amid ongoing violence and bloodshed as pressure mounted for an international response to the government crackdown on protesters.
Five civilians were killed in the suburbs of Hama when their vehicle was targeted by military forces, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an activist group. In retaliation, at least eight troops were killed when army defectors ambushed four military vehicles, the organization said.
In the city of Daraa, a civilian was killed and three defectors were wounded in clashes with security forces in the village of al-Lajat, the Observatory said. In al-Harak city, military and security forces stormed the city with heavy machine gun fire, tanks and an armored personnel carrier.