The head of the Arab League, Nabil al-Arabi, has asked the U.N. Security Council to take strong action in order to protect civilians in Syria.
"I urge you to move quickly to end all acts of violence in Syria, and to take the necessary measures to protect Syrian civilians, including increasing the number of international monitors and give it more powers to control a ceasefire plan implementation," Nabil al-Arabi was quoted as saying by Qatar's state news agency.
Al-Arabi stated that he doesn’t mean a military intervention.
For his part, Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim Al Thani said, "It is unacceptable that massacres and bloodshed continue while the U.N. mission is ongoing indefinitely.
"We demand the U.N. Security Council refer the six-point (Annan plan) to Chapter VII so that the international community could assume responsibilities," the Qatari Prime Minister said, AFP news added.
Meanwhile, U.N. and Arab League envoy to Syria,, said during an address to the Arab League Foreign Ministers in Doha that Syria’s conflict can turn into a large-scale war as the situation is complex and it takes everyone involved in the conflict to act responsibly if the violence is to stop.
On Friday, Russianwho met French President Francois Hollande warned that the situation in Syria was “extremely dangerous” and said he saw emerging signs of a civil war.
President Putin said during a press briefing with with German Chancellorin Berlin that Russia was not providing weapons to Syria because this could be used in a civil war .
Putin told reporters that Russia believes that the Kofi Annan’s peace plan will work and is the only option to resolve the crisis in Syria.
On the other hand, the U.S. Secretary of State We know that there have been regular arms sales, even during the past year from Russia to Syria." She also said Russia's continous supply of arms to the regime of Bashar al-Assad has strengthened it.expressed concerns about the information on deliveries of Russian weapons to Syria. At a press conference in Olso, Norway, she said: "
On the ground, clashes broke out between Syrian troops and rebels outside Damascus on Saturday, at least eight soldiers killed by Syrian rebels forces, according to a monitoring group, Reuters news reported.
In Deraa, six regime soldiers were killed in clashes and two civilians were also killed on Saturday, one during army raids in Damascus and one by gunfire in the central city of Homs, Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said in a statement.