BEIRUT - An Arab League deadline for Syria to end its repression of anti-government unrest passed with no sign of violence abating, and President Bashar Assad remained defiant in the face of growing international isolation.
"The conflict will continue and the pressure to subjugate Syria will continue," he told Britain's Sunday Times newspaper. "Syria will not bow down."The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 14 people were killed on Saturday by government security forces. On Friday dozens were reported killed in clashes.
The Arab League had on Wednesday set a Saturday deadline for Syria to comply with a peace plan which would entail a military pullout from around restive areas, and threatened sanctions if Assad failed to end the violence.