Late today the UN will vote on what to do with Syria, amidst escalating violence in that country. Arab League monitors withdrew early from Syria but have proposed a way forward. The UN seem likely to agree with that plan when they vote later today. However the vote may not be easy.
Russia has said that the vote is a "scandal". It has the power of veto and looks set to use it. Something will have to be done though. Syria has been in limbo for sometime now. With often unverified reports of mass killings by the Syrian authorities the country is at war, in all but name. Listen to President Assad and he will maintain that it is simply a small group of rebels stirring up the people. He has also claimed that the rebels include Western infiltrators hell bent on bringing down the regime. He cannot deny though that vast numbers of Syrians have been killed by the authorities, this last year.
The violence as this week draws to a close appears to be reaching an all time high.
Early today Homs was under heavy attack. There have been conflicting reports of the number of people killed but it is confirmed that more than 200 people have been killed.Shelling of Homs was underway throughout the night with video footage of the carnage quickly appearing on Youtube. The Syrian regime continue to maintain that all is well and such footage is merely part of a propaganda war, As usual the leaders on both sides are waging a war of words and of violence, but it is the man, woman and child on the street who are suffering.
The fighting has certainly intensified as the UN vote draws near. Rather than do the decent thing and step down Assad cling to power, as long as he has breath in his body, it seems. In the meantime the death toll and number of injured continues to rise. No matter which way the UN vote goes Assad will not go unless he is removed from office.
Today there are also reports that more of the regime military have been defecting.
Eileen Kersey manages TEK Staff Blog