The Syrian regime is determined to re-establish security, according to reports quoting the state news agency, as the army again renews its bombardment of Homs.
Opposition activists say new strikes on the district of Baba Amr have wiped out communication.
Reports also say Damascus has rejected out of hand an Arab League resolution calling for joint Arab-UN peacekeepers.
Moscow is studying the plan. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told a news conference:
“For a peacekeeping mission or as the UN calls it, a ‘mission supporting peace’, you need to have peace in the first place.”
In Homs as people queued for bread after days of interrupted supplies, a Red Crescent aid convoy was said to have reached the city and was distributing food and medicine. However activists said teams had visited Assad strongholds but not areas worst hit by shelling.