Syrian political activists said 32 protestors were shot and killed by Syrian security forces in demonstrations Friday (December 30th), according to al-Arabiya.
Government troops used tear gas to disperse crowds, and hundreds of thousands rallied in various cities across the country. Clashes erupted between Syrian security forces and army defectors in the Damascus suburb of Douma on Friday, according to the satellite channel.
The Free Syrian Army, which is comprised of defectors from the regular Syrian army, said it would suspend all its military operations against the Syrian regime except for operations launched in self-defense, al-Hayat daily said Friday.
"An order was issued to stop all operations on the day which the Arab [League] observer mission entered Syria. Therefore, all operations, except for ones launched in self-defense, will be stopped," Col. Riadh al-Asaad of the Free Syrian Army said, according to the newspaper.