Bombardment of the Syrian city of Homs continues, with activists claiming at least another 17 people were killed on Wednesday.
There are also reports residents of the city’s Baba Amr neighbourhood tried to negotiate a ceasefire with the army. The area has been hit particularly hard and a strike on makeshift media area there killed two journalists – Marie Colvin from the Sunday Times and French photographer Remi Ochlik.
Syrian journalist Rami Al-Sayed was also killed in Homs on Tuesday. Al-Sayed ran a YouTube channel, including information from other activists, set up to document and inform people about what is going on inside Syria.
Meanwhile, the International Committee of the Red Cross is continuing to push for a temporary ceasefire so that emergency aid can be given to the wounded. The organisation has been negotiating with both the rebels and the Syrian government.
Figures from Turkey’s Foreign Ministry estimate that of Syria’s security forces of 270,000, around 40,000 have defected. Many have joined the opposition Free Syrian Army.