20 May 2011

Troops pulling out of border town - report

5:45 am on 20 May 2011

Syrian troops and armoured vehicles have reportedly begun to pull out from the town of Tel Kelakh near the border with Lebanon, following pro-democracy protests.

Tel Kalakh has been besieged by government forces for several days, forcing thousands of residents to flee.

The United States has imposed sanctions against President Bashar al-Assad for the first time, and six of his top officials, for human rights abuses committed during the suppression of anti-government protests.