Syrian forces storm areas near Damascus, activist says
Syrian Security forces on Thursday stormed areas on the outskirts of the capital Damascus and made mass arrests, an activist based in Lebanon said dpa reported
"Since the early hours of Thursday, Syrian security forces have been carrying out house-to-house searches in the suburban districts of Douma and Sabqqa, arresting dozens of young men and two women," Omar Idlibi, an activist, told dpa.
He added that the provinces of Homs and Hama were still under siege by pro-government militiamen.
A crackdown by government forces on Wednesday in Homs, Hama and Idlib near the border with Turkey killed 27 people, Idlibi said.
Syria has been shaken by an anti-government uprising since mid-March, in which some 3,500 people have been killed, according to the United Nations.