In yet another bloody day in Syria’s seven week uprising at least 19 people are said to have been killed across the country as tanks shelled residential districts in several towns.
Some of the violence occurred in the southern Deraa province – four civilians were killed in the town of Tafas as security forces widened a campaign of arrests.
One man is reported to have been shot in the head by snipers as he stood in front of his house.
More than 300 people have been detained since the tanks arrived in the area on Saturday.
Much of President Bashar al Assad’s military is being stretched across Syria from Aleppo to Damascus. Rights groups say at least 650 people have been killed in the crackdown.
But with the army strongly aligned with the Alawite ruling elite, a breakthrough by the pro-democracy protesters seems unlikely.