In his strongest statement yet on the civil unrest in Syria the Turkish prime minister has accused Damascus of “atrocities”, and behaving in an “inhumane” manner towards protesters.
He added the repression of demonstrations was “unacceptable”, and that the Syrians were “underestimating” the situation.
Syrian tanks and troops are now moving into the border town of Jisr al-Shugour, where 120 members of the security forces were killed earlier this week, allegedly says Damascus by “armed gangs”.
Locals say many of the deaths were a result of soldiers firing on colleagues who refused to shoot protesters.
Thousands of people from the area have fled to the Turkish side of the border, leaving behind them a ghost town, and the Turks fear that if violence continues there may be thousands more refugees.