Syrian troops are said to be still holding hundreds of people in a stadium in the city of Latakia after a prolonged assault on the port.
State run television showed locals cheering the troops but the UN is expected to refer the government’s crackdown on pro-democracy protesters to the International Criminal Court.
Latakia holds significance for President Bashar-al Assad whose family and friends control its finances and whose father is buried in a village nearby.
In the city of Homs where unrest has also been put down, Syrian forces are said to have killed nine more people. 1700 are thought to have died in across the country in the five month uprising.
In Damascus the president convened a meeting of his ruling Ba’ath Party still blaming the troubles on armed gangs and refusing to bow to foreign pressure.