As supporters of the embattled Syrian president rally in a coastal city, Arab League foreign ministers have piled new pressure on the leader.
At a meeting in Morocco they’ve agreed to give Damascus three days to agree to end its crackdown on anti-government protesters and allow in teams of observers.
Qatari Foreign Minister Hamad bin Jassim said: “To avoid an international intervention we have decided to accept the draft protocol concerning the mission of an Arab League delegation to Syria to oversee the application of the decisions of the Arab League.”
Violence in the country continues despite Syria’s membership of the Arab League being suspended, in a rare show of unity among Arab nations. The organisation has not specified what will happen if Syria fails to meet its new three-day deadline.
Soldiers who have defected from the Syrian army say they have been carrying out attacks on military targets, while France and Morocco recalled their ambassadors.