Syria’s latest day of protest cost 19 lives and thousands turned out for their funerals that became fresh protests.
The army enlarged its operations in the north near the Turkish border, entering several villages the military said were feeding and supporting armed rebels.
As fears rise that the situation is escalating, Britain has advised all its nationals to leave the country immediately.
More than 10,000 refugees have now fled Syria for Turkish camps. Foreign journalists were allowed in for the first time on Saturday, and noted the large numbers of children, and the fact that many residents of Jisr al-Shughour confirmed early reports that the killing there began when soldiers mutinied and they were fired on by Assad loyalists.
People said they started to leave the town when protests came under fire from helicopter gunships. While the violence continues no-one in the camps wants to return, and they are being joined every day by scores of more frightened people.