On Tuesday, the UN Security Council failed to agree a resolution on taking action against Syria.
Opposition activists said 16 people died in different parts of the country on Wednesday as protests continued.
President Bashar al-Assad has cracked down on them, blaming the unrest on “terrorists and armed gangs”. He has announced that local elections will still be held in December.
As activist networks reported more clashes on Thursday between forces loyal to the Syrian president and army defectors, videos surfaced of protesters burning Russian and Chinese flags – a reaction to the two countries’ veto of the UN Security Council resolution on Syria.
A spokesman for the UN human rights office, Rupert Colville, said of the latest death toll that the names of the dead had all been confirmed and could include some members of the security forces.
He said the figures did not include those who had disappeared or remained unaccounted for.
The Assad regime is getting excited about the defeat of the UN resolution against Syria and state-run media is playing up Russia and China’s veto, with top officials clearly delighted, calling it a “historic” development dealing a blow to Western schemes for intervening in the country’s internal affairs.
Syrian state TV is also gleefully dwelling on the case of Zainab al-Hosni, the 18-year-old girl from Homs who was reported by her family and by human rights organisations to have been detained, beheaded and mutilated, he adds. She later appeared on Syrian TV to say she was alive and well. Now that is a dead set miracle, and not even any sign of stiches around her neck. Saint Bashar has raised her from the dead maybe?