London Telegraph 
November 20, 2011
Syrian Army defectors say they launched a rocket-propelled grenade attack on a Baath Party building in Damascus on Sunday, in the first insurgent attack inside the Syrian capital since the uprising began.
Witnesses reported hearing two explosions before seeing smoke rising and fire trucks rushing to the scene early this morning.
It is thought the attack was carried out just before dawn when the building was mostly empty. There were no immediate reports of casualties.
Thabet Salem, a journalist who lives close the party building, told Al Jazeera: “This is a clear-cut escalation of what’s going on … It will bring us into a dangerous phase.”