PROTESTS INTENSIFYMarch 18 - 25, 2011
Ongoing protests are met with violence on March 18. By March 25, protests spread throughout the country.
UNREST SPREADSApril 22, 2011
Syrian security forces kill almost 90 protesters in Homs, Hama, Damascus and other cities.
DERAA UNDER SEIGEApril 25 - May 5, 2011
In an effort to crush the uprising once and for all in Deraa, Syrian troops and tanks pour into Deraa. Forces withdraw on May 5.
HAMA UNDER SEIGEJuly 3 - Aug. 4, 2011
Hama was became one of the main opposition centers in June. At the end of the month, security forces withdrew from the city, but put up a blockade. On July 31, on the eve of Ramadan, troops and tanks stormed the city and began clearance operations. After two weeks, forces withdrew.