As the Arab League observer mission in Syria teeters amid accusations from members it is a farce, pressure may build for Syria to be referred to the UN Security Council.
Royal Dutch Shell said Friday that it will shut down all oil operations in Syria. On Friday, Syrian troops fired at anti-Assad demonstrators near Homs, Syria.
Defectors from Syria's armed forces raided an intelligence compound near the capital Damascus Wednesday.
Turkey, which is leading an international effort to persuade the Assad regime against violence, last week gave Syria a deadline of 10 to 15 days to stop its brutal crackdown.