President Bashar Assad has vowed that his government will not bow down to international pressure, despite signs that violence between troops and rebels is now erupting in the capital city of Damascus on a sustained level for the first time in months.
There are reports of rocket and grenade attacks. Foreign journalists are virtually unable to move freely around the city, or around Syria in general, making information difficult to obtain. But for the first time since the uprising began eight months ago, there seems to be sustained conflict on the streets of Damascus.
With the deadline for an Arab League deal having passed, Bashar Assad now seems more or less completely internationally isolated. And he will undoubtely recognise the pattern of this uprising, which is now gaining the slow but stready momentum of previous revolutions in Egypt and Libya.