At least 94 more protesters were killed by government security forces in Syria over the weekend of 22-23 April, according to local reports.

On 22 April, at least 82 protesters were reportedly killed during some of the largest demonstrations that have taken place in Syria since the unrest began on 15 March.

The following day on 23 April, at least 12 people were killed as security forces opened fire on mourners at funerals of protesters in Damascus and the southern town of Deraa.

Nearly 300 hundred people are estimated to have been killed since the protests began in the middle of March.

On 20 April, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government announced that it would be removing the emergency law, under which the country has been governed since Al-Assad’s father Hafez seized power for the Baath party in 1963.