Add at least 27 more bodies from this weekend to Assad's account
There was a bus ambush by an "armed group" that killed 6 soldiers and 3 civilians while wounding 17 more. I am a naturally suspicious person and wonder if this attack wasn't engineered by Assad's security police to "prove" that the opposition is made up of terrorists. I have no evidence for that, so in the meantime, we must assume that the "armed group" was actually targeting Syrian soldiers and the civilians were killed in the cross fire.
But the Syrian army had plenty of other unarmed targets:
The Local Coordination Committees, which group anti-regime activists on the ground, said security forces shot dead three people in the Khan Sheikhwan area of Idlib province in northwest Syria.
Security forces encircled hospitals "to prevent the wounded from being brought in for treatment", it charged.
On Friday, SANA said gunmen in Khan Sheikhwan had kidnapped Wael Alia, corporal with Syria's internal security services.
International Committee of the Red Cross chief Jakob Kellenberger flew into Damascus on Saturday for talks with President Bashar al-Assad over access to prisoners and areas of unrest.
According to activists, 27 people were killed in operations by the army and security services across Syria on Friday and Saturday.
The latest bloodshed came as European ministers warned of more sanctions in addition to an oil embargo over Syria's defiance of mounting international calls to halt a deadly crackdown on anti-Assad protests.
The Red Cross chief has presented a request that might be a little embarrassing for the Syrians. Nobody knows how many people they have rounded up, nor can anyone be sure that many of them are still alive.