President Bashar Assad’s
forces at a roadblock killed 30 worshipers around a mosque in a village
northeast of Hama, opposition activists said on Tuesday evening.
Earlier, Syrian authorities arrested a
person said to have carried out a bomb attack last week that killed
senior security officials, according to an Iranian news agency.
The suspect worked at the security headquarters in Damascus where the
took place, Fars news agency quoted Syrian parliament member Mohammad
Ghanoum as saying.
"The agent who committed the explosion against the Syria Supreme
National Security Council building was arrested," Ghanoum said.
"The arrested individual is a staff member of that same building
but I cannot give further details. Probably in the near future this
confession will be broadcast."
A security source told Reuters last week the bomber was a bodyguard
entrusted with protecting the closest members of Assad's circle. Syrian
television said a suicide bomber was responsible.
Ghanoum said the person
responsible had been hired by Syria's enemies but the Assad government
not allow the United States, Israel, Turkey or Qatar to weaken Syria's
Separately, Syrian forces put down a mutiny in
a main jail on the outskirts of Aleppo, killing 15 prisoners, as
reported by activists in Aleppo who
spoke to the prisoners.
Syrian authorities and opposition
activists said fierce clashes have persisted overnight in Syria's
capital of Aleppo, stretching into a fourth day.
The state news agency said Tuesday
that regime forces fought with rebels in the neighborhoods of
Sukkari and claimed they inflicted heavy losses.
General Ali Mamlouk was appointed head of Syria’s
National Security Office on Tuesday, Rustom Ghazali as head of the
Political Security Directorate and Dib
Zaytoun as head of the Syrian intelligence.
Syrian opposition denies accepting
transition led by regime figure
The Syrian National
Council denied on Tuesday that it would accept a transition led by a
It was earlier reported that SNC would be willing to accept a transition
led temporarily by a
member of the regime if President Bashar al-Assad steps aside.
agree to the departure of Assad and the transfer of his powers to a
figure, who would lead a transitional period like what happened in
spokesperson George Sabra said on Tuesday.
FSA accuses Damascus
of chemical weapons transfer to border
The Free Syrian Army accused on
Tuesday President Bashar Assad’s regime of transferring chemical weapons
border airports, a day after Damascus threatened to use these weapons in
of a “foreign attack".
The Free Syrian Army stressed in a
statement that it knows the locations and facilities of these weapons.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on
Tuesday that rebel fighters battling Syrian President Bashar al Assad
making territorial gains that will eventually become "safe havens"
and provide a base for further operations against government forces.
Clinton said that despite opposition gains, it was not too late for
Bashar al-Assad to begin planning for a political transition.
She said it was also important for
Syria's armed opposition to make clear that it was fighting for all
not to seek reprisals or retribution that could lead to more violence.
Earlier on Tuesday, Russia warned Syria not to use chemical weapons,
saying Moscow "proceeds from the assumption" that the government will
adhere to its international obligations.
In a statement, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Syria had ratified an
international protocol in 1968 that bars the use of poison gases as a
method of warfare.
Meanwhile, a senior Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander said on
Tuesday any foreign powers intervening in Syria would suffer "decisive
blows", specifically referring to "hated Arabs" - a veiled reference to
regional rivals Saudi Arabia and Qatar.
"Not yet one of Syria's friends and the large resistance front has
entered this arena, and if this were to happen, decisive blows would be
struck against the enemy's front and specifically the hated Arabs,"
Masoud Jazayeri was quoted as saying by Fars news agency.
As for France, French Foreign Minister Laurent
Fabius said on Tuesday that any use of chemical weapons by
Syrian government forces would be unacceptable.
"Any use of chemical arms is completely unacceptable. President Obama
made statements to this effect and so have others... These weapons are
strict surveillance by the international community, " Fabius told France
Fabius also said Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was bound to fall at
some point and the Arab League offer of a safe exit would not save him
Meanwhile, a senior Israeli
defence official said on Tuesday that the Syrian government is
still in full control of chemical weapons stockpiles.
"At the moment, the entire non-conventional weapons system is under the
full control of the regime," the official, Amos Gilad, told Israel
Separately, Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said the uprising
against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is "closer than ever to
victory" and warned that Turkey will respond firmly to any hostility
As for Iraq, the Iraqi government decided to establish camps for
the Syrian refugees along the Rabia and al-Qaem crossing points.
For its part, Russia reiterated on
Tuesday a warning
to its citizens against travelling to Syria, citing what it called the
"extremely tense situation" and persistent fighting.