There has been continued fighting in Damascus, Syria and tanks and soldiers have been deployed. Security forces have also continued efforts to crush anti-government protests in the central city of Homs, Deraa and the coastal town of Baniyas. Foreign journalists are not allowed to enter Syria, but witnesses report on terrible violence. The BBC's Jim Muir is in Beirut monitoring the events in Syria. "What's escalating is the ferocity of the government's crackdown," says Muir, but there's no sign of them stopping.

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