Will Arab plan fan flames of war in Syria?
Beirut: An Arab League proposal to boost support for the uprising against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and to send in foreign peacekeepers drew a guarded international response on Monday and showed little sign of halting the bloodshed soon.
Russia, Assad's close ally and main arms supplier, said it could not support a peacekeeping mission unless both sides ceased the violence first.
Some felt the moves might only fan the flames of war.
"We feel the decisions are taking a grave turn for Syria and for the region," Lebanon's Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour said in Beirut.
Other observers said it was just the start of a long and complex process to resolve what is potentially the most dangerous of the Arab Spring revolts.
On the battlefront, Syrian government forces bombarded rebellious districts of Homs and attacked other cities in their campaign to crush opposition to Assad's 11-year rule.
Mortar rounds and tank fire pounded Baba Amro district but casualties could not be tallied because communication were cut off, activist Mohammad al-Hassan told Reuters from Homs.
Activists said 23 people were killed on Sunday, adding to a toll of more than 300 since the assault on Homs, strategically located on the highway between the capital Damascus and second city Aleppo, began on February 3.