Tanks said to have been seen in Talbisa on the weekend
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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.