The Syrian national assembly called on Tuesday (November 15th) for the Arab League to form an "Arab military deterrent force" to protect civilians during demonstrations demanding President Bashar Assad step down, al-Arabiya reported.
"The assembly has officially asked the Arab League to form a military deterrent force, similar to that which was sent to Lebanon in the 1980s, to protect civilians and stop the blind killing machine which the Syrian people are being exposed to," assembly spokesperson Marah al-Baqai told al-Arabiya.
"The killings that Assad's forces are employing against civilians must be stopped," she added. "All other forms of violence against peaceful demonstrators in streets across Syria must be stopped as well."
Meanwhile, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 16 Syrians were killed in various areas of the country Monday evening.
The observatory said the victims were killed in clashes with the army and government forces in Bosr al-Harir, Nahta, Mleiha al-Sharqiya and Mleihat al-Atash in Daraa province.
The observatory also said that at least 19 Syrian army and police members were killed in the same area "in clashes with gunmen believed to be defectors. In addition, military vehicles belonging to the regular army were destroyed."