I was involved in a conference call this morning with several Syrian intellectuals in Damascus, some (if not all) of whom have been under serious death threats for a long time.
Conditions there are terrible. The electricity was out in Damascus, so their power was being supplied by a generator in the room.
Far worse, though, was the news that they conveyed of a massacre, by forces aligned with al-Qa‘ida, of twenty-seven Christians in Daraa (or Der’a, or Dera‘a), a town in southwestern Syria, just north of the Syrian border with Jordan.
Thus far, I’ve seen no confirmation of this news elsewhere.