Syria's president Bashar Al-Assad has said that the Government has to eliminate terrorists to save thousands of lives.
Speaking to Iranian television, he also said a solution imposed on Syria from outside was unacceptable because only Syrians could resolve the country's crisis.
"No non-Syrian model is acceptable because no one but us knows how to solve the problem," Assad said during the rare hour-long interview.
The president said that some countries want the Kofi Annan peace plan to fail in order to blame Syria.
There have been claims of another massacre in Syria, with pictures apparently showing women and young children among the victims
A resident of Damascus has spoken to ITV News about what life is like in Syria's capital as the civil war in the country intensifies.
Syria's rebel fighters struck close to the heart of President Assad's regime as they bomb the main court building in Damascus