The Syrian government has rejected UN claims that the country is in a state of civil war as the violence continues.
The Foreign Ministry issued a statement saying “Syria is in a war against armed groups that choose terrorism.”
Those opposed to the Assad regime say they are involved in a peaceful uprising.
The fighting is continuing in various parts of the country are there are grave concerns that a blood bath is brewing in the western mountain town of Haffa, where rebel fighters are holed up.
The UN and US have been alerted to a build-up of government forces around the town.
UN observers were shot at as they approached Haffa on Tuesday.
The consequences of the conflict are a growing concern for neighbouring countries.
Ankara has announced that as many as 2,000 Syrian refugees have crossed in Turkey in the last 48-hours in fear for their lives.
According to the United Nations as many as 9,000 people have been killed since the anti-Assad protests began in March of last year, others put the estimates far higher.