A man died in Myanmar's second-largest city Mandalay on Friday as security forces opened fire on an anti-coup protest, local media reported.

Protests were continuing in the Southeast Asian country on Friday after security forces shot dead 38 people on Wednesday in the deadliest day since the military seized power on Feb. 1.

The U.N. Security Council is scheduled to hold an emergency closed session later in the day to discuss the Myanmar situation. The online meeting was called by Britain.

It remains uncertain whether the council will be able to adopt a unified stance as China, one of the five veto-wielding permanent members, continues to show reluctance to criticize the Myanmar military.

The man in Mandalay, who was in his 20s, died after being shot in the neck, according to the reports. Live ammunition was likely used.

Also Friday, Singapore's foreign minister criticized the fellow ASEAN member's military for its use of force against protesters.

"It is the height of national shame for the armed forces of any country to turn its arms against its own people," Vivian Balakrishnan said.

Balakrishnan stressed the need to "step back from a rapidly deteriorating situation," calling on the military to seek a peaceful solution for Myanmar. "The alternative," he said, "is prolonged instability."

In an online meeting earlier this week, the foreign ministers of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations called for a de-escalation in Myanmar and dialogue to peacefully resolve the political crisis.

"We are concerned about the situation and demand the suppression of violence," the chairman's statement said.

Meanwhile, YouTube, part of Alphabet Inc.'s Google, said Friday it had shut down five TV channels linked to Myanmar's military for violating its guidelines, according to Reuters news agency. The five included state-run MRTV and the military-owned Myawaddy TV.

Facebook Inc. said late last month that it had banned all pages linked to Myanmar's military as well as ads from military-linked companies, citing deadly violence following the Feb. 1 coup.

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