The cornered Syrian regime is lashing out viciously against pressure at home and from abroad to step down.
The resistance in the country shows no signs of breaking, despite relentless bombing of Homs, the city at the centre of the revolt.
Neigbourhoods that have joined the resistance in Hama and Damascus have also suffered heavy raids and bombing.
The persistence of Bashar al-Assad’s regime has triggered a split within the Western-friendly Syrian National Council.
Some 20 of its 270 members have left. They say the group’s failure to back armed resistance in the country is a mistake.
Meanwhile Western powers are planning to impose more sanctions against Syria.