Despite fears of sectarianism if the regime falls, some in the Alawite minority are speaking out against Assad.
Government forces appear determined to regain control of opposition-held areas in restive Syrian city.
Communities are divided, with Alawite and Sunni villages each blaming the other for rising sectarianism.
A journey through Syria reveals deep-seated fears and prejudices held between Alawite and Sunni communities.
Nir Rosen spends time deep inside Syria’s pro-regime Alawite community.
Syria’s Alawite community have a history of persecution, but dominate the ruling family’s security forces.
Grand Mufti Hassoun, whose 22-year-old son was recently assassinated in Syria, is a supporter of Bashar al-Assad.
Protesters were hoping Ramadan would prove a turning point, yet the powerful regime managed to quash most dissent.
Criticism of the Assad regime spreads wider, as families grieve for protesters who have been killed in the crackdown.
Opposition to the Syrian regime runs deep, as women, children, and the elderly take part in the resistance.