Another 100 are slated to come in a month. 'Are they coming on horses?' asks an exasperated activist.
Russia's foreign minister is meeting with Assad in Damascus today, just days after Moscow blocked UN action against the regime.
The past 24 hours have been one of the bloodiest of Syria's war, with government forces indiscriminately shelling the restive town of Homs over night. Russia and China were unmoved.
The Arab League wants to raise Syria's violent crisis at the United Nations – but it faces Russian reluctance.