Syrian government troops have shelled several dissident areas on Saturday, killing at least nine people, according to opposition activists.

Meanwhile, diplomatic efforts have increased to pressure the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus to implement Kofi Annan’s peace plan.

In the Saudi capital of Riyadh, US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton was to meet with foreign ministers of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to discuss the Syrian crisis and pressure to end the ‘bloodbath there,’ GCC sources said, as cited by DPA.