Islamic State claims responsibility for an attack on a gas pipeline and power station in Deir Ali, Syria, that caused power outages in Damascus, outskirts, and other areas of the country.
Pope Francis petitions President Bashar al-Assad Assad to protect weak and defenseless in Syria. The pope’s appeal is in a letter to Assad delivered by Cardinal Peter Turkson, prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development at a meeting with the president in Damascus.
At least 61 people are killed and more than 200 injured following a car bombing near Syria's Baath Party headquarters in Damascus. Three other bombings kill 22 people and injure 50 others in the suburb of Barzeh, most of them government soldiers. These are the deadliest attacks in the Syrian capital since the outbreak of the civil war.
2011 Syrian protests: Social media mobilises the people of Syria for rallies demanding freedom, human rights and the end to emergency law, scheduled for Friday and Saturday in front of the parliament in Damascus and at Syrian embassies internationally.
Rival Palestinian parties Fatah and Hamas accuse each other for the failure to resolve the conflict between them in the second round meeting held in Damascus, Syria. [http:--www.jpost.com-MiddleEast-Article.aspx?id=195234 ("The Jerusalem Post") ]