The fightback by Syrian government forces continues apace.
Troops loyal to Bashar al Assad have been stepping up their attack on the northern city of Aleppo, further diminishing chances of a peace conference taking place this month.
The insurgents have suffered a recent series of battlefield setbacks with advancing government soldiers appearing to regain the upper hand.
Despite a pledge by the “Friends of Syria” to increase military support to the rebels, Syrian government forces are expected to outmatch the opposition in size and resources.
The rebels are also besieged on the outskirts of Damascus and hopes of a ceasefire appear ever more remote.