Syria’s leader Bashar al-Assad has been meeting with the visiting Turkish foreign minister, but while he talked his tanks continued to claim lives as protests against his regime continue.
In the east of the country 20 people were reported killed in Deir al-Zur, and another 30 lost their lives in Hama as armour continued to crush resistance there.
Ahmet Davutoglu brought a message from Ankara calling on Assad to return his army to its barracks, a message underlined from Washington, but there is no sign of a change in tack from Damascus. After the meeting he said he demanded an end to the bloodshed and will monitor events in the coming days adding he hopes for peaceful transition in Syria resulting in the Syrian people determining their own future.
Davutoglu added that Turkey will continue contact will all parts of Syrian society.
Last week for the first time Assad sent tanks into urban centres in a bid to regain control of the streets which have become the forum for daily protests. Residents say the tanks go from district to district quelling any signs of dissent before moving on.
But the protests continue, and the capital Damascus is now reported to be seeing more unrest, from suburbs like Irbin to the centre of the city on Monday night.