Movement across the border on the Kabir River has been unrestricted for generations. Many families live on both sides and trade between villages thrives.
Syrian troops going house to house have detained more than 3,000 people in the past three days in the rebellious town of Rastan, which saw some of the worst fighting of the 6-month-old uprising recently, activists said Monday.
About 200 Syrian opposition figures have gathered in the capital, Damascus, to discuss strategies for a peaceful transition to democracy. Participants said Monday’s meeting, held at a hotel in the centre of the city was unprecedented in five decades of the Baath Party’s monopoly of power.
Authorities in the United Arab Emirates have arrested a prominent human rights activist and four others on accusations that include opposing the government, the state-run WAM news agency reported Monday.