A children’s playground in the Syrian city of Idlib has been turned into a makeshift cemetery.
Workers from the official cemetery say it is too dangerous to use it. They say soldiers fire at them when they dig graves.
Restrictions on reporting from Syria make it hard to give a clear picture of exactly what is happening, but rebels are increasingly appealing to the outside world for help, including military support.
“The Free Syrian Army is more in need of weapons support”, said one rebel who did not want to be identified. “Our weapons are light. If we had more weapons other than those we buy from the corrupted Syrian army officers and from officers who have defected, we could more. With these weapons we can’t even protect ourselves and the civilians.”
The oppostion Syrian National Council in Paris says it will act as a conduit for any countries wanting to send weapons to help end the rule of President Bashar al-Assad.
The SNC insists the only reason they need the weapons is to defend themselves and protect people from attacks by Assad’s forces.