According to Government sources the UK, France, Germany and Portugal are drafting a joint statement condemning violence in Syria which is being circulated at the United Nations. The move arises from growing concerns over the fierce tactics employed by the Syrian regime to quash unrest where it is reported that more than 11 people have been killed.
Thousands of troops supported by tanks were reported to have made inroads into the city opening fire indiscriminately on civilians.
Security agents carrying knives undertook house-to-house checks in a campaign to intimidate protesters according to activists.
A witness said a large numbers of troops infiltrated the southern city of Daraa in busloads just before dawn and later tanks moved in as utility and mobile phone services were cut