With phone, mobile and internet connection down in Syria for a second day, there are also reports of clashes in the outskirts of Damascus leading to the airport.
Although it is hard to get accurate information and footage of what is happening because of the disrupted communications, Syrian fighter jets are said to be be bombing rebel targets near the airport. International flights have been cancelled.
There has been heavy damage to Aleppo in northwestern Syria, 310 kilometres from the capital. Buildings – including mosques and churches – lie in ruins as the 20-month conflict takes its toll.
It also appears to be pulling in more of its neighbours – at least twelve Lebanese gunmen were killed in a Syrian army ambush in Homs, according a security source.
The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says more than forty thousand people have lost their lives during the conflict.