Syria is to go the Libyan way, with NATO members planning “direct military intervention,” says Nikolay Patrushev, Russia’s Security Council secretary. Russia opposes the Western drive to dismiss Assad and urges political dialogue in the country.
A French journalist has been killed and several others wounded in the city of Homs, while covering an anti-government rally. The violence comes hours after President Bashar al-Assad addressed the nation for the second time in less than 24 hours.
Turkey has been keenly watching events unfold in Syria, fearing its near-neighbor’s violence could spill over the border. However, there are fears that Turkish government may not be getting an accurate picture of what is really happening in Syria.
President Assad accuses "foreign conspirators" of efforts to destabilize the situation in Syria. Addressing the nation, he claimed that the international community’s aim to cause “psychological collapse” has failed and the victory is near.
Despite an Arab League observer mission in Syria, there has been no let up in the bloodshed. Author and scholar Gene Sharp told RT in exclusive interview that non-violence is the only way for people to bring about democratic change.
Violence continues to mount in Syria along with the international pressure on the regime of Bashar Assad, while the opposition claims the Arab League's observer mission is only giving the regime more time to crush the dissent.
Amid heavy criticism for failing to stop violence in Syria, the Arab League has renewed calls for the regime to end bloodshed and open its borders to more observers. As the carnage continues, many say they are paying too high a price for change.
Arab League observers have delivered their initial report on the ongoing crisis in Syria. And despite the monitors’ failure to put an end to the bloodshed, the mission has been green-lighted to continue.
Thousands attended the funerals of 26 people killed in Friday’s terrorist attack in Damascus. But while the world focuses on violence within the country, Syria is just a pawn in a big geopolitical game, political analyst Jamal Wakim told RT.
The Arab League has urged the Damascus-based leader of Hamas to ask Syria to end its bloody crackdown on opposition protests. Meanwhile, a deadly blast in Damascus provoked harsh rhetoric from Syria’s Interior Ministry.
A suicide bomb attack has hit the central Damascus neighborhood of al-Midan, killing at least 25 and wounding dozens, Syrian state TV reports. Casualties are reported among both civilians and law-enforcement officers.