At least 77 martyrs were recorded today – mostly in the suburbs of Damascus. There was a new slaughter in Saqba, while several other suburbs are also under assault. The massacre continues in Homs and surrounding towns and villages, while much of Aleppo city was on strike to protest the attack on the countryside. Meanwhile by forcing the UN observers to suspend operations today we believe that Assad scored a small victory – removing one of the main sets of independent witnesses to the escalating brutality of the crackdown. See the map for more info.