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Abdelbaset Sieda, president of the Syrian National Council opposition group, reiterated his call for international powers to militarily enforce a no-fly zone that would prevent Syrian-regime aircraft from being used against rebels as well as establish safe corridors to protect civilians.

“Failing that, the entire region is headed toward a future open to all kinds of catastrophic possibilities,” the Sweden-based Mr. Sieda said in a speech addressing the Syrian people for Eid al-Fitr. A video of the speech was posted on YouTube.

The Syrian opposition has been calling for a no-fly zone over parts of Syria for months. Russia, one of Syria’s most powerful international backers, rejects the idea.

Syrians also protested in many other parts of the country, demanding freedom and the ouster of the regime.

Opposition groups reported fierce artillery shelling that targeted a main cemetery in the rebel-held town of Rastan, north of the central city of Homs. Activists said residents were visiting graves of dead relatives at the time, but the reports could not be confirmed independently.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a British-based activist group, said one woman was killed in the shelling of Rastan.

Associated Press writer Albert Aji contributed to this report from Damascus.