Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Saturday that the regime of Bashar al-Assad was nearing an end, and that it would be a matter of months, if not weeks, before he was deposed. Speaking on Turkish television, Davutoglu said that the events in Syria were difficult, but that the process of revolution was coming to an end. He said that the Turkish government was examining possible replacements to the current Syrian regime, in an effort to end the humanitarian crisis.
Earlier Saturday, human rights officials in Damascus said that at least 79 bodies were discovered, apparently having been killed “execution style,” most likely by Syrian troops. Among the dead were several children, the officials said.