There has been a dangerous escalation of violence in Syria, according to United Nations monitors observing the now-collapsed ceasefire.
A UN team has finally been able to enter Haffa in the northwest of the country, the scene of fierce clashes between government forces and rebels. Insurgents have now pulled out of the town, saying citizens who had not fled risked being killed in cold blood.
The observers found state buildings destroyed, shops abandoned and burnt-out cars on the streets.
Opposition activists say more than 50 people were killed in Thursday’s violence nationwide.
With world powers still divided, a major breakthrough will be needed in international crisis talks planned in Geneva at the end of the month.