With more than 1,400 of his country's citizens killed in three months of protests, the president of Syria gave a speech on 20 June. It was the third time that Bashar al-Assad had addressed the nation since the Arab Spring reached Syria, but his renewed promises of dialogue and reform failed to convince the opposition.

With more than 1,400 of his country's citizens killed in three months of protests, the president of Syria gave a speech on 20 June. It was the third time that Bashar al-Assad had addressed the nation since the Arab Spring reached Syria, but his renewed promises of dialogue and reform failed to convince the opposition; four days later they staged the biggest day of protest yet against the regime. The situation inside Syria has continued to deteriorate, especially after a violent crackdown in the northern town of Jisr al-Shughour and an exodus of thousands to Turkey. But despite concerns of a growing humanitarian crisis, the international response has been very different to that in Libya.

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