After two days of anti-government demonstrations, at least 12 Syrians are left dead in the city of Latakia.
According to The Guardian, the Syrian Government has blamed the deaths on "attacks by armed elements on the families and districts of Latakia" while opponents accused security forces of opening fire on protesters.
In an effort to ease tensions, the Syrian government promises to soon lift an emergency law that currently allows it to detain people without charges, the New York Times reported.
Analysts call the government's promise "meaningless" because people can be detained by other Syrian laws that greatly restrict freedom, according to The Guardian.
According to the New York Times, at least 61 people have died as a result of crackdowns on protesters in Syria.