Syrian state news agency SANA says the rebels there have captured military depots and use the weapons, including land mines, machine guns and grenade launchers against army units.
Anti-governmental activists state the number of people killed in the conflict over several days as high as 100. Monday’s confrontation resulted in 24 deaths, they say.
The government did not publish any number of casualties, but confirmed that some officers and soldiers have been killed or wounded in the operation. The military say the troops are being targeted by sniper fire from rooftops.
Members of the Council agreed that the situation in Syria is of concern for the international community.
Canadian political analyst Michel Chossudovskysays intervention should be the last possible option in resolving the current stalemate.
“If there is a military intervention is Syria, then we are in for an extended war, which goes from theMediterranean right to the Chinese border, because then we’ll have integration of the war theaters inAfghanistan, Iraq and, of course, Palestine andLebanon — and so we are in for a much larger war,” he said. “Let’s understand that [if there is] any kind of military intervention in Syria at this stage using the pretext of a protest movement or responsibility to protect, we’ll have devastating consequences leading to a military escalation in a vast area.”