Pro-democracy protesters in Syria claim to have blocked the main road leading from the north of the country to Turkey.
Footage filmed by activists in Aleppo province showed what they claim were their attempts to prevent government security forces from being deployed to the region. These claims cannot be verified because of a ban on foreign journalists.
In what could be interpreted as a display of might by President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, military exercises were aired on Syrian state television.
Meanwhile, Syria has accepted a proposal by the Arab League for observers to be sent into the country to help end the eight-month conflict.
A foreign ministry spokesman said Damascus had, in fact, already cooperated with some of the Arab League’s requests including withdrawing weapons from the streets.
French oil company Total says it will stop its operations in Syria in order to comply with European Union sanctions imposed last week.
Royal Dutch Shell is also ceasing activities there, after the EU blacklisted an operating company it has a stake in.