Syria death toll rises
Nicosia - Violence in Syria claimed at least 56 lives on Friday, including the first reported fatalities in the commercial city of Aleppo, the Syrian Observatory for Human rights said.
Syrian forces killed at least 34 civilians across Syria, the watchdog said.
The majority of civilian casualties were protesters shot by security forces, the Observatory said.
In a telephone interview Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman said it was the first time security forces killed demonstrators in the city of Aleppo, which so far had been spared major unrest.
The spike in violence has left more than 100 people dead in the past two days that coincides with a bid to condemn Damascus at the UN Security Council despite Russian reservations.
Syria on Monday rebuffed as a "conspiracy" an Arab League call for President Bashar Assad to step down in favour of a unity government to calm a 10-month-old revolt.