07/18/2011 08:43 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Syria Protests Erupt Into Violence, Leaving Up To 30 Dead: Activists

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian activists say up to 30 people have been killed in the past 24 hours as tensions between supporters and opponents of President Bashar Assad's exploded into violence.

The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Monday the killings started over the weekend after three regime supporters were found dead in Homs, their bodies mutilated.

The observatory and a Syrian activist in Homs put the death toll at 30 and said they have the names of the victims. Another activist in Homs said he's not certain if the death toll was as high as 30. He suggested the real number may be about half.

The activists in Homs spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of retribution.