BEIRUT - Syrian security forces dropped
leaflets across Damascus on Tuesday warning rebel gunmen to give
up their arms and surrender, opposition activists said.
"The weapon you are carrying has become a burden on you, and
there is no hope for you to survive unless you drop your
weapon," said the leaflets, dropped by helicopters.
"The moment of truth has come. The men of the Syrian Arab
are coming, time is running out and the wise man is the one
who saves himself," said the leaflets, signed by the armed
forces general command.
Activists reported seeing the leaflets in the neighborhoods
of Zahira and Midan, where the army
launched a fierce
counter-attack against last week's rebel offensive in the
But rebels have lately mounted the gravest challenge yet to
Syrian President Bashar Assad
with gains in Damascus
short-lived, as well as the killing of four top security
officials in a bombing and the capture of four border crossings