Hundreds of tanks converged on the town of Deir al-Zour, as the Syrian army invaded a second major town in order to put down protests demanding the resignation of President Bashar al-Assad. Initial reports said that at least two people were killed and several dozen wounded, witnesses said. Last weekend, Syrian troops invaded the town of Homs, killing and wounding hundreds.
On Saturday, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged Assad to "immediately end” his attacks on Syrian protesters. A UN official said that In a phone conversation with Assad, Ban “expressed his strong concern - and that of the international community - at the mounting violence and death toll in Syria over the past days, Ban reflected to the Syrian president the clear message sent by the Security Council and urged the president to stop the use of military force against civilians immediately,” the statement said.