July 12 - Syrian troops fire mortars into the outskirts of Damascus as former ambassador calls on army to ''turn your guns'' on the government. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
Amateur video out of Syria, which could not be independently verified by Reuters, appears to show shelling on the outskirts of Damascus. The video, shot by opposition supporters, purportedly marks the first time there has been shelling inside the city limits since the uprising began last March. There were no immediate reports of causalities. Recent video obtained by Reuters shows a town reduced to rubble in Aleppo province. A damaged tank sits in the center of town. A man walks through what was once a market place. He says it was a place where people used to eat, drink, and shop. Activists say more than 17,000 people have been killed in the revolt against President Bashar al-Assad. On Wednesday Syria's ambassador to Iraq, Nawaf al-Fares, defected. He called on the Syrian army to quote, "turn your guns on the criminals," of the government. Deborah Lutterbeck, Reuters