The UN says that more than 7,500 people have been killed in Syria since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began almost a year ago.

French foreign minister Alain Juppe, said earlier this week that Al-Assad’s government had “broken all the limits of barbarism”.

In related news, Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki has offered Al-Assad asylum in Tunisia as part of a negotiated settlement to the bloody crackdown on anti-government protests in Syria.

Marzouki made the offer at a Friends of Syria conference in Tunis, which called for the immediate ceasefire and delivery of humanitarian aid to Syria, according to local media. Tunisia was the first country to recall its ambassador to Syria in protest at the violence.