Violence continues to rage in Syria, where a United Nations Security Council call for an end to the bloodshed has fallen on deaf ears.
At least 70 people died in clashes on Thursday, according to opposition groups.
They say 10 of the dead were civilians, including women and children, trying to flee to Turkey on a bus which came under fire in the northern town of Sermeen.
The UN Security Council, including Russia and China, has backed envoy Kofi Annan’s peace proposals. Its statement threatens the Assad regime with unspecified ‘further steps’ if it fails to comply.
But Damascus appears to have dismissed the text which falls short of a formal resolution. Opposition activists have slammed the statement as too little, too late.