More deaths have been reported in Syria and unverified amateur video continues to provide evidence of what appears to be paramilitary forces working alongside uniformed Syrian security personnel.
The Arab League has accused Damascus of breaking its promise to end the crisis, and is considering taking tougher action at its meeting next Sunday.
On Wednesday Syria agreed to an Arab plan to stop the violent repression of protests, free prisoners, withdraw the army to its barracks and allow the free circulation of observers and the media. Talks with the opposition could then begin. Since then at least another 60 people have been killed say human rights activists.
As President Bashar al-Assad attended a mosque in Damascus to celebrate the start of the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha, Syria’s third city of Homs was again burying its dead after days of fighting. Deaths and demonstrations were reported elsewhere including in suburbs of the capital.