The Obama administration confirmed it's considering sanctions for Syria, while the UN Security Council is drafting a statement calling for restraint.
The funerals and raids followed demonstrations Friday that ended with more than 100 people dead. Two members of Syria's parliament resigned in protest after security forces repeatedly shot into crowds of civilians.
At least 49 people were killed today when Syrian security forces used live ammunition to disperse the largest antiregime demonstrations yet.
The 'Great Friday' protests in Syria, the largest so far, also saw President Assad's forces commit mass murder. Western leaders like Obama can no longer sit on the fence, hoping Assad is a reformer.
Many thought that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was at heart a reformer. But his response to unprecedented protests and violence suggest otherwise.
The Syrian cabinet on Tuesday passed legislation lifting nearly five decades of emergency rule. The concession may embolden protesters to demand greater reforms.
Syrian protests, which reached unprecedented numbers today, have spread to the key cities of Aleppo and Hama. The unrest has begun to draw in Lebanon.
The US has long been concerned about Iranian influence in Syria, which serves as the main conduit through which Iran sends weapons to Hezbollah and Hamas. Now, that influence could grow.
Syria protests: Protesters have been attacked and shot by pro-government gunmen and security forces, but the government has been unable to quash the Syria protests.
Social networks are playing a central role in fueling protests in Syria, where demonstrations Friday were the largest since anti-Assad activists took to the street last month.