Several hundred supporters of Syria’s President Assad tried to force their way into a hotel where Western and Arab leaders gathered for a ‘Friends of Syria’ meeting on the country’s bloody uprising.
The conference in Tunis was without representatives from Syria’s allies China and Russia, who have already vetoed two United Nations Security Council resolutions aimed at ending the killing.
The head of the Arab League said there should be another urgent attempt to issue a resolution calling for a ceasefire.
Qatar said an Arab force should be created to impose peace in Syria, and open corridors so humanitarian aid can reach besieged towns and cities.
France said the European Union will freeze the assets of the Syrian Central Bank as part of a package of sanctions intended to stop the government crackdown.
The US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Assad will pay a “heavy price” for violating his people, and called for an international boycott of the country’s oil.