Syrian activists were sceptical when the Arab League announced a plan agreed with Syrian officials to end the violence against the opposition.
Now the League has announced a meeting in Cairo on Saturday 12 November to discuss the Syrian state’ s failure to take steps to resolve the crisis and stop the crackdown inside the country.
The Turkey-based opposition group, the Syrian National Council, called on Arab and other international observers to be sent to Homs, which they describe as a “humanitarian disaster area”.
Fighting in the Baba Amr neighbourhood of Homs has continued for days, with dozens of deaths.
“Whole buildings have been gutted by tank fire,” a local activist, told Reuters. “Bread has run out and people who get hit in the streets are dying from their wounds on the spot because no one can reach them,” he said.
Significantly, armed forces defectors killed four pro-government militiamen near the border with Turkey. The armed attacks by anti-government former-military fighters are continuing.