8 killed in Syrian border town as hundreds flee

By BASSEM MROUE | May 16, 2011 | 3:43 AM EDT

TRIPOLI, Lebanon (AP) — 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.