Syria's ferocious crackdown against demonstrators persisted on Monday, but its tough actions against civilians are shattering its once-close relations with neighboring Turkey.
Turkish President Abdullah Gul said his country has "lost its confidence" in Syria's Bashar al-Assad regime, the latest setback for the much-reviled Arab government.
Military and security forces Monday stormed the town of Sarmin, in northwestern Idlib province, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an activist group with a network of contacts across the country.
Five people died, including a child, and more than 60 people were wounded. Dozens of people have been arrested, they observatory said.FULL STORY