The Syrian army is advancing on a western city where massive anti-government demonstrations have taken place.
There are fears soldiers are planning an assault on Hama, where street protests are reported to be the biggest yet against the rule of President Bashar al-Assad.
It is reported people are attempting to block the military’s access to the city by barricading roads.
The army’s advance comes a day after police carried out dawn raids in parts of Hama, leaving at least three people dead and dozens arrested. Hama was the scene of a bloody crackdown on dissent nearly 30 years ago when the country was ruled by Assad’s father.
The president is offering to discuss reform with the opposition, but they refuse to talk while army raids on protesters continue.