8 killed in Syrian border town as hundreds flee

Tripoli, Lebanon – A human rights activist says eight people have been killed because of violence in a Syrian border town where witnesses reported hearing crackling gunfire and explosions.

Mustafa Osso said Monday that six people were killed in Talkalakh on Sunday and two others – including a soldier – died in Lebanon after crossing the border for treatment.

He said military operations were continuing in the town on Monday.

Hundreds of people have been fleeing into Lebanon to escape a harsh crackdown against anti-government protests. Human rights groups say more than 800 people have been killed since mid-March.

Few reports were leaking out of Talkalakh because Syrian troops have isolated the city and cut telephone lines.

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