The Father of Salim Ibrahim trys to make his son comfortable as he lies in the military hospital in Damascus, just a few kilometers from fighting. Salim (22) was shot in the chest in the Town of Deraa on 23rd of January. Government forces have suffered many casualties in the last few days as they try to gain back control of many areas, including suburbs of the capital. Protests against the ruling Baathist regime erupted in March 2011 and although they were peaceful government forces violently repressed them. In response to being commanded to shoot unarmed civilians large numbers of men deserted the army and formed the Free Syrian Army and an armed uprising began with major clashes taking place in early 2012.