Syria's main opposition coalition called on Monday for countries that support the anti-regime uprising to honour their promises by helping Syrians defend themselves.
"The Syrian National Council calls (on) brothers and friends of the Syrian people to help before it's too late," the exiled group said in a statement, calling for effective means of "self-defence to stop the demolition of Syrian society."
Stopping short of explicitly calling on countries to arm the opposition, the SNC statement reiterated calls on the international community to take "urgent action in order to stop the killing of civilians."
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Rebel fighters should fulfill "their duties in the defence of Syrian civilians and... be prepared to liberate Syria from the hands of Assad's gangs," the statement added.
The SNC issued its statement amid raging clashes across Syria, killing more than 30 people on Monday.
The deadly violence came even as UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan arrived in Damascus to try to salvage a battered ceasefire.
The SNC also called on Syrians to "express their rejection (of the) world's silence... towards the extermination of their people."