16 May 2011

Seven killed in Syria crackdown - activists

10:09 am on 16 May 2011

At least seven people have been killed in Talkalakh, western Syria, during a crackdown by security forces, activists say.

Local Coordination Committees said the seven died after "indiscriminate shelling" from the military.

Hundreds people have fled the border town since Friday as authorities try to crush a revolt against the government.

Earlier, a resident told AFP news agency that three protesters were shot dead as they left a mosque in the town.

Across Syria, activists say more than 700 people have died in more than two months of protests against President Bashar al-Assad's regime.