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Syrian crackdown reported in border town

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Syrian crackdown reported in border town


Activists in Syria say violence by security forces against protesters is continuing despite a pledge to withdraw the army from some cities and begin talks.

Latest reports say hundreds of residents have fled to neighbouring Lebanon after troops and tanks entered Tel Kelakh on Saturday. At least five people are reported to have been killed.

Thousands of people demonstrated on Friday in the town which is close to Homs, Syria’s third largest city which has been a focal point for anti-government protests.

Human rights campaigners say up to nine people have been killed around the country over the past two days, despite official orders not to fire on demonstrators.

President Bashar al-Assad’s government has offered a “national dialogue” with delegations from around the country.

Activists say for the talks to be serious, political prisoners must be released and more political freedom allowed.

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