THE leader of the opposition Syrian National Council called for foreign states to arm rebel fighters on Sunday.
Agency France-Presse reported Abdulbaset Sayda's call for arms came as a deadly assault continued on rebel held areas in Aleppo, Syria.
Mr Sayda told AFP he wanted weapons to stop tanks and jet fighters, urging Arab world leaders to support the Free Syrian Army.
His call for arms came a day after United Nation's special envoy Kofi Annan said he was concerned at the build up of troops and heavy weaponry around the industrial city.
But the UN Security Council remains at an impasse, with Russia and China among the nations vetoing any tougher sanctions on Syria.
French President Francois Hollande told the BBC he would keep trying to convince Russia and China, which have Security Council vetoes, to support harder sanctions against Assad that they have opposed during the 16-month-old uprising.
"I will once more address Russia and China so that they recognise there would be chaos and civil war if Bashar al-Assad isn't soon stopped," he said.
He said the Syrian government knew it was doomed and would use force until the very end, adding: "The role of the member states of the U.N. Security Council is to step in as quickly as possible."