The government has stepped up its military efforts to end pro-democracy demonstrations across the country, earning warnings and threats of sanctions from the members of the international community, including the European Union and the United Kingdom. Gunfire sounds were reported April 26 in Daara, a city in southwest Syria where the military crackdown is said to be strongest and deadliest. According to human rights groups, more than 400 people have been killed across the country since the start of the protests in mid-March, with at least 120 killed in a bloody crackdown on Friday (April 22).

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  • Ivy Mungcal

    As former senior staff writer, Ivy Mungcal contributed to several Devex publications. Her focus is on breaking news, and in particular on global aid reform and trends in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Americas. Before joining Devex in 2009, Ivy produced specialized content for U.S. and U.K.-based business websites.