The Syrian government’s speaker Adnan Mahmoud said that the government “temporarily lost control” over the town of Jisr al-Shugur, which is 20 kilometers from the Turkish border. He said that city residents had asked the government for help, because the government soldiers were killed, and government institutions were set on fire by "armed gangs." So government representatives call the protesters, who demand the resignation of President Bashar Assad.
Interior Minister Ibrahim Shaar promised a strong and decisive response. "We will understand powerfully and decisively, according to the law, and we will not sit silently seeing armed attacks aimed against the security of the country and its citizens," he said.
It is not yet clear what exactly happened in the city of Jisr al-Shugur. After all, the government cut off the city from communication and expelled foreign journalists from the country.
"I think that Assad is simply desperate," - an analyst
Meanwhile, analysts are thinking about what the number of killed members of the security forces can mean. As the London analyst Michael Weiss says, the opposition in principle does not use power methods of struggle, so it has no chance of killing so many trained military men.
“The opposition is not armed. They do it out of principle, and also because they do not have access to arms, thanks to which you can arrange a "massacre" of well-trained security forces. I think that Assad is simply desperate, ”explains the expert.
According to the London expert, you need to look for solutions to this riddle in the reports that many soldiers refuse to shoot unarmed civilians. That is, the government is trying to hide the massacre of these soldiers.
“The Syrian military deserts in large numbers. Probably, it is about the fact that 120 military, who refused to shoot at civilians, were shot. The Syrian government does it. A few weeks ago, near the city of Dara, the Syrian opposition dug up the mass graves of the Syrian military, “- said the London expert.
Analysts expect eyewitness accounts, because the Turkish authorities reported that hundreds of refugees crossed the border from Syria.