Outside Homs as many as 10000 Syrian troops have been deployed, according to the Free Syrian Army. The claim can’t independently be verified, but large numbers of tanks have been seen entering the area. Civilians are trying to leave the city, fearing a major offensive by Government forces. Free Syria activist Danny has made a direct appeal to the UN. More on the news from Syria: news.sky.com
The northern city of Idlib is controlled by the Free Syrian Army – made up of defectors from the government’s forces – but residents are preparing for an attack from Assad’s army. Troops have reportedly been seen moving outside the city, bringing fears that the violence could be on the scale of what’s already been seen in Homs. Our special correspondent Alex Crawford is in Idlib and sent this report.
There are growing concerns this morning about the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Tripoli. Hundreds of dead bodies have been discovered in a hospital — it appears patients were abandoned in their beds when fighting broke out last week. The United Nations Secretary General has made an urgent call to the international community to send humanitarian help. Sky’s Jane Dougall reports.
Innocent victims are being shot down by snipers in Homs every day. Sniper fire and all-out fighting between government troops and the defectors of the Free Syrian Army, the FSA, is constant. More than 4000 people have died since protests broke out in Syria in March, according to the United Nations.