Seven reported killed in Syria as Turkey's Gul urges reform
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Syrian security forces killed at least seven people during Friday protests, according to rights groups. Turkish President Abdullah Gul urged President Bashar al-Assad’s regime to institute reforms before it is too late.
"I would not want you to look back some day and regret that you acted too little and too late," the Anatolia news agency quoted Gul as saying in a letter. “To be a leader who promotes change will put you in a historic position rather than being swept away by the winds of change."
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu held talks with Assad for more than six hours on Tuesday, reportedly urging him to change track.
Thousands demonstrated after prayers on Friday but were met with bullets fire by security forces, rights groups report.
Two security agents were shot dead by armed agents in Douma, according to state television.
Friday’s protests were in response to a call by Facebook group The Syrian Revolution 2011, for mass "no-kneeling" demonstrations after weekly prayers.
"We only kneel before God," the group said.
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