A Syrian opposition leader has urged foreign allies to circumvent the divided United Nations Security Council and intervene, after opposition sources said helicopters from President Bashar al-Assad's military were preparing for an 'onslaught' in Aleppo.
Abdelbasset Sida, the head of the Syrian National Council, said today on a visit to the United Arab Emirates for talks with officials:
Our friends and allies will bear responsibility for what is happening in Aleppo if they do not move soon.
Any action has to be from outside the Security Council through an Arab League initiative and through a resolution passed by the General Assembly.
Baroness Amos has told ITV News she is concerned that the situation in Aleppo may be a repeat of the attack on the Syrian city of Homs.
While thousands have fled Aleppo in recent days as violence escalates, those remaining face severe food shortages amid the fierce fighting.
This is a revolution reliant on bravery and bravado and often not much else. This is a brutal fight to the death.