Troops in Syria are now thought to have got as far north as the border with Turkey. Hundreds of locals have fled ahead of their advance – on foot, by van, they come any way they can.
All tell tales of terror. One man said he and his wife and four children fled their village this morning when it was raided by the security forces. He says they were treated really badly, and claims this kind of raid is now commonplace.
The crackdown comes in the wake of protests in the north of Syria after military assaults on towns around Jisr al-Shughour and Aleppo.
One former soldier thinks it is now about revenge.
Soldiers can be seen patrolling in tanks and on foot through villages on the Syrian side.