Activists say more than 250 Syrians have been killed so far this month as the political unrest escalates dramatically.

Less than two weeks in, November is shaping up to be one of the bloodiest months yet in Syria's eight-month-old uprising.

The Local Coordination Committees activist network says 250 Syrians have been killed since the start of the month. Most of the dead are civilians, and about 20 are soldiers.

The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also documented more than 200 civilian deaths. But the observatory has a far higher toll for soldiers, saying more than 100 were killed.

The differing death tolls could not be immediately reconciled.

But the startling figures point to the spike in violence recently.