Syria: Battle for Rastan heightens
2 October 2011 Last updated at 05:39 BST
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's army has regained control of the central town of Rastan, according to state media.
It follows five days of fierce fighting in the town where army defectors had joined protesters.
A fresh wave of protests erupted after prayers on Friday in cities across the country, leaving at least 18 people, protesters and troops, dead, according to activists.
Will Grant reports.