The international community has stepped up its rhetoric as the Syrian army mounts military assaults on Aleppo.
Activisits claim that attacks have begun and people are dying as the army continues to mass outside the city.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon called on the Assad regime to halt its offensive:
“I remain deeply concerned about all these reports about the possible use of chemical weapons. I reiterate my demand, that the Syrian authorities categorically state that they will not use chemical weapons or other weapons of mass destruction under any circumstances. That’s my strong demand.”
British Foreign Secretary William Hague fears a massacre in the country’s second city.
The UN human rights body is convinced war crimes are being committed in Syria.
“The High Commissioner believes, on the basis of the evidence gathered from various credible sources, that crimes against humanity and war crimes have been, and continue to be, committed in Syria,” said Rupert Colville, spokesperson for the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.
As the country continues to splinter, pictures posted on a rebel website purport to show Syrian army soldiers held captive by the free Syrian army.