The crisis in Syria has deteriorated sharply, the international peace envoy for the country has said. Lakhdar Brahimi, though, said he believed a solution was still possible in 2013 under the terms of a peace plan agreed in Geneva in June.
UN: Lost lives in Syrian crisis at 60,000 and rising
More than 60,000 people have now been killed during the uprising and civil war in Syria, the United Nations has estimated.
The figure is far higher than previously thought and already out of date, with a government air force attack on a petrol station in a rebel held area of Damascus reported to have killed dozens more since the UN announcement was made.
ITV News's Paul Davies has this report, which contains distressing pictures:
Brahimi makes 'personal call' for Syrians to lay down arms
UN-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi has made a 'personal' call to all parties in the Syrian conflict to stop fighting. He said that they could put down their arms unilaterally during Eid al-Adha.
The envoy, said his call for ceasefire during Eid was, "a personal initiative, not lengthy project or part of a peace process. It's a call and invitation to any Syrian in the street or the village….or to the armed man."
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said that his country was "open" to any genuine endeavour at finding a political solution to the ongoing unrest.
A presidential statement said Assad discussed the latest developments in Syria with the UN-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi.
The statement went on to say, "President al-Assad stressed that Syria supports the international envoy efforts. Syria is open to any sincere efforts for finding a political solution to the crisis on the basis of respecting Syria's sovereignty and rejection of foreign intervention."
Peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi has met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus as he bids to secure a temporary ceasefire in Syria's bloody civil war, the country's state television has reported.
The international mediator has now met with both sides in the dispute after calling for the conflict to cease during the Islamic Eid al-Adha holiday at the end of this week.
Syria has so far given a guarded response to Mr Brahimi's proposal, suggesting it wants guarantees that rebels would reciprocate any move by Assad's forces.