The plight of people in the Syrian city of Homs became all the more grave after yesterday sustaining some of the most intense shelling yet by the Syrian Army.
Activists say they now fear ground troops will be deployed very soon.
Amateur footage has shown Syrian Special forces or pro-government militias appearing to move in. Activists claim they are murdering civilians in their homes.
Tanks have certainly positioned themselves closer to the battered neighbourhood of Baba Amr – again unconfirmed accounts say 23 homes were heavily damaged by mortar fire.
With apparent indiscriminate rocket and mortar attacks, locals claim between 40 to 100 people have been killed in the last 24-hours.
Across Syria there seems to have been an escalation in the army’s activities, with more funerals as a result. Many in the opposition say what has been happening in Homs is spreading to other cities.