Dubai: The Syrian government announced that today will be a working day for public offices and schools after a Facebook group ‘The Syria revolution 2011' called for massive protests.

The group has been a driving force behind protests which erupted in the country on March 15 calling for widespread reform.

Syria yesterday officially announced the formation of a judicial committee to form new legislation to lift Syria's emergency laws in force since 1963. However, hopes of reform were quickly dashed by President Bashar Al Assad's speech on Wednesday. Shortly after, 25 protesters were reportedly gunned down in Latakia.

Meanwhile, a Reuters journalist of Jordanian nationality has been reported missing. Sulaiman Khalidi was last seen in Damascus on Tuesday. Another Reuters photographer, Khalid Al Hariri has not been in contact since Monday.