Britain’s Statement condemns Syria violence
Britain and other countries are preparing a joint statement condemning violence in Syria.
At least 11 people have been killed in an escalation of the crackdown.
Thousands of soldiers backed by tanks were reported to have poured into the city where the uprising began, opening fire indiscriminately on civilians.
Knife-wielding security agents did house-to-house sweeps in what activists called a campaign to intimidate protesters.
One witness said large numbers of troops arrived in the southern city of Daraa in busloads before dawn. Tanks later moved in as electricity, water and mobile phone service was cut.