The Syrian army has surrounded Homs and is preparing to launch a "massacre" according to a warning from the opposition Syrian National Council. In a press statement it said:
Evidence received from reports, videos and information obtained by activists on the ground in Homs, indicate that the regime paving the way to commit a massacre in order to extinguish the Revolution in Homs and to discipline by example, other Syrian cities that have joined the Revolution.
It claimed that yesterday's attack on oil pipeline on the outskirts of Homs is being used as pretext for the assault.
• A series of videos from activists show tanks mobilising in and around the city, dissident Ammar Abdulhamid notes.
In a blogpost headline "Prelude to Mayhem" Abdulahamid warns:
Unless world leaders make up their mind and decide that intervention to prevent a crisis is better than intervention to manage, the powder keg that is today's Syria will surely blow and soon.
• Soldiers and activists close to the rebel Free Syrian Army are frustrated by the defensive tactics adopted by the group after talks with the opposition Syrian National Council, according to the New York Times. Abdulsatar Maksur, who helps supply the renegade troops, said: helping to coordinate the Free Syrian Army's supply network, said:
We don't like their strategy. They just talk and are interested in politics, while the Assad regime is slaughtering our people. We favor more aggressive military action.
• Former Lebanese prime minister Saad Hariri says he "openly and proudly" supports the uprising of the Syrian people, after Hezbollah leader Hasan Nasrallah repeated his support for the Syrian regime. "If Hezbollah openly supports the Syrian regime, we openly and proudly support the Syrian revolution and the Syrian people," Hariri told his Twitter followers, Lebanon's Daily Star reports.