|Assad taking the oath from ministers one by one (SANA)|
The news agency also said that government forces on Tuesday clashed with "armed terrorist groups" in Al-Hama, in the Damascus area, some eight kilometers from the capital. "The armed groups attacked citizens and law enforcement forces and blocked the Old Beirut road to use it as a smuggling route for weapons," according to SANA. 'Dozens of terrorists were killed' and weapons were seized, acccording to the agency.
|Destruction at the Ikhbariyya tv-station. (SANA).|
The Observatory reported that all in all on Tuesday 116 people were killed across the country, 68 civilians, 41 soldiers and seven rebels. Five people were killed in the eastern city of Deir Ezzor as the army pounded neighbourhoods; three were killed elsewhere in the province. Thirteen civilians were killed in army shelling in the province of Idlib, as well as two rebels. On Monday 95 people were killed, including 61 civilians, as the army pounded rebel strongholds and other towns and cities, according to the Observatory.