Syria conflict: Heavy fighting continues in Damascus
19 September 2012 Last updated at 13:21 BST
There has been further heavy fighting in the Syrian capital, Damascus, and the northern city of Aleppo.
Activists said government forces were closing in on Hajar al-Aswad, a southern suburb of Damascus, and the situation for residents was desperate.
State media said troops had killed many of what they called "terrorists".
Jim Muir reports from Beirut.