A BLOODY CONFLICT
In January 2011, anti-government protesters took to the streets of Syria, calling for change and reform. The government of Syria responded to the peaceful demonstrations with excessive force, killing thousands of protesters and injuring many more. The Syrian army laid siege on the cities of Daraa, Baniyas, Hama, Homs, Talkalakh, Latakia, the Midan and Duma districts of Damascus and several other towns. With protests growing across Syria, there was growing instability in the region.