President Assad called for "full national mobilisation" to fight against rebels in Syria, in an address at the opera house in central Damascus.
We meet today and suffering is overwhelming Syrian land. There is no place for joy while security and stability are absent on the streets of our country. The nation is for all and we all must protect it.
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