Russia is reinforcing its presence near Syria and sending a naval ship to the eastern Mediterranean. Russia, an ally of Syria, says its vessels in the area guarantee security as the U.S. considers launching military strikes to punish Damascus for its alleged use of chemical weapons.
Meanwhile, Turkey has sent tanks and armoured vehicles to the border with Syria to reinforce units already there.
Ankara has said that it would be ready to take part in any international action against Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad.
Meanwhile, volunteers loyal to Assad have set up camps and are prepared to act as ‘human shields’ against any Western strikes.
Shama, a volunteer, explained more:
“This campaign aims mainly at showing that we are determined to protect our country. We love our country and our army, and we will defense them against the U.S. attacks,” she said.
Volunteers have vowed to stay in the tents until the strikes are called off, or they are killed in the military operation.