Pressure mounts on Syria following clashes
Opposition asks Russians for support
As foreign pressure intensified on the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad yesterday, rights activists said that the death toll from violent clashes Monday was much higher than first reported. They estimated that 50 to 71 people were killed, including 34 soldiers who were killed in clashes with army defectors. The total nearly matched the 72 deaths on April 22, the bloodiest day of the popular uprising so far.