There is growing concern that the Syrian regime, having seen how ineffectual the UN observers are, and how limited the international intervention is, is preparing to hit the opposition forces as hard as it can, not matter where they are.
With reports from human rights observers suggesting more than 50 people died on Monday the US State Department says it fears the state is preparing a massacre in Haffeh, near the coast.
“The United States joins Special Envoy Kofi Annan in expressing deep alarm by reports from inside Syria that the regime may be organising another massacre, this time in the village of al-Haffeh in Latakia, as well as the towns of Ain Dara, in Homs, Hama and the suburbs of Damascus,” said the State Department’s Victoria Nuland in Washington.
There are eye-witness reports of mortars, tanks and helicopters being used on al-Haffeh, and also in Homs, where fighting was especially heavy on Monday. Washington believes the last 48-hours’ actions represent an escalation, and reminded Damascus it would be held to account for its actions.