Assad's government has no shortage of lies so it's hard to know in this case without foreign observers on the ground what really happened. One thing Assad does know though is that he's envisioned himself bloodied and bruised in an extra long block of common butcher's ice with passersby spitting and throwing their shoes at his frozen face and he's downright scared how many months he has left on this earth. His reaction to this nightmare scenario for himself for killing so many innocents in his country is to brutalize his people even more to keep this from ever happening, just like Gadhafi reasoned before he met his frozen fate.
Judge orders Jerusalem Gay Pride attacker to undergo psychiatric evaluation (Haaretz)
from the article: Syria: 'Foreign-backed' attack kills 10 air force personnel