In Syria there are reports of intense fighting between rebels and government forces in the suburbs of Damascus, Idlib and the northern city of Aleppo, while the tit-for-tat accusations of the alleged use of chemical weapons have gathered pace.
Paris, London and Washington have called for a United Nations inquiry into the claims. Iran – Assad’s closest ally has voiced suspicion that the United States might be responsible if the rebels obtain chemical weapons.
Meanwhile Syrian state television showed President Bashar al-Assad visiting an educational centre in Damascus organised by the Syrian Education Ministry.
He was there to pay tribute to teachers and students who have died in the conflict. During the visit he told his audience: “The battle is large. It is a battle of will and perseverance.”