Syria: Homs towns 'cut off' by tanks
31 May 2011 Last updated at 02:39 BST
Syrian troops have attacked two towns north of the capital, Damascus, as they continue a crackdown against anti-government protests, reports say.
Witnesses said the troops, backed by tanks and helicopters, surrounded Rastan and Talbisa early on Sunday and searched houses for protesters.
Anti-government activists said five people were killed and many wounded. Daniel Griffiths reports.