Syrian soldiers have stormed the Damascus suburb of Saqba and arrested hundreds of people, the AFP news agency reported on Thursday.
AFP quoted an unidentified rights activist as saying some two thousand troops swept through the town and detained at least 300 people.
Saqba was the scene of a mass march last Friday as protests against President Bashar al-Assad’s regime continue.
Amateur footage shows one of those demonstrations from last week in the Syrian capital.euronews has been unable to independently verify its content.
Human rights groups say forces loyal to the president have killed at least 560 protesters since demonstrations erupted in March.
Assad belongs to the minority Alawite sect and inherited power from his father 11 years ago.
The Assad family has ruled majority Sunni Syria for over four decades.