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The Syrians prepared to die for President Assad

4 September 2013 Last updated at 23:02 BST

In Syria's capital Damascus, some civilians are being armed to defend the city, while others are coming forward to volunteer as human shields around military installations.

The regime in Damascus insists it is ready to retaliate whenever an attack is launched.

The BBC's Middle East Editor Jeremy Bowen reports from the Damascus suburb of Mezzeh 86.