Since the March 2011 uprising in Syria which saw its citizens openly revolting against their leader Bashar al-Assad, more than 5,000 have lost their lives.
Among the dead are women who have been protesting against a regime which has been roundly denounced for its aggression and brutality on the international stage.
This week Prime Minister David Cameron made an unequivocal statement about Mr Assad’s future as President of Syria.
He told CNN he “hoped“ the general secretary of the Baath Party would acquiesce to a request by the international community to vacate his post by the end of 2012.
Mr Cameron’s comment — while attending the Word Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland — echoes the U.S. position on Mr. Assad’s controversial reign.