In Homs, dozens of civilians have reportedly been killed overnight by government forces.
Activists say rockets and mortar rounds have been used to subdue opposition districts. Tanks have also entered certain neighbourhoods and seem poised to push deep into residential areas.
Neither reports nor images from Homs can be verified but it appears that ordinary families are bearing the brunt of the Syrian army’s offensive. Rooftop snipers are allegedly taking potshots at anyone trying to escape.
Despite the crackdown, activists say that demonstrations against the regime are continuing throughout the country.