The crackdown in Syria, its reported has not eased despite the imminent threat of sanctions from the Arab League. One amateur video which has not been verified reportedly showed an ambulance attacked by security forces on fire in the city of Homs.
Elsewhere near the central town of Rastan it is alleged tanks bombarded hideouts of army defectors. Activists claim around 50 tanks and armoured vehicles opened fire in an area on the edge of the town.
Arab foreign ministers meeting in Cairo have given Damascus until the end of Friday to sign a protocol allowing monitors into the country or the League will impose sanctions. Some sources claim Syria has accepted and is set to sign despite earlier calls for amendments to the protocol.
The Arab League has appealed to the United Nations for help. In a statement to the Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon it informed the UN of the deadline it has imposed on Syria and called on the organisation to take steps to support the League in its efforts to resolve the crisis.