Time to set up a provisional government


French president Fran├žois Hollande has called upon the Syrian opposition to set up a provisional government which is inclusive and representative. He says that if they do so then France will recognise the provisional government; the United States has also backed the move whilst making it clear that they will intervene if the Syrian government uses chemical weapons against its people.

Egyptian president Mohamed Morsy has stated that it is time for Bashar al-Assad to step aside and for his allies, namely Iran, Russia and China to help him do so. The president is attending the Non Aligned Movement (NAM) summit in Tehran this week and is seeking meetings with the key allies of Bashar al-Assad as well as with Saudi Arabia and Turkey.

Over the weekend Syrian government forces are accused of having committed a massacre of around 300 people in Daraya on the outskirts of Damascus; a number of bodies appear to have been executed and there are reports of a whole family from grandfather to grandchildren being killed. Fighting has intensified once more around the capital.

Elsewhere, the Syrian Free Army (SFA) claim to have shot down a government helicopter over the weekend and also claim to have taken more of Aleppo, the commercial centre of Syria.

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