Syrian Forces Raid Area Near Lebanon in Hunt for anti-Assad Activists

Activists claim one person was killed by the Syrian security forces as he was trying to escape into Turkey.

Syrian security forces on Monday raided areas adjacent to the Lebanese border looking for activists who have been rallying against the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad, activists based in northern Lebanon told the German Press Agency DPA.

Meanwhile, activists told DPA that one person was killed by the Syrian security forces as he was trying to escape from Syria into Turkey.

Anti-Assad protest - Reuters - May 6, 2011

"Gunfire could be heard across the border," said a Syrian activist based in the region of Wadi Khaled.

He added that Syrian troops also stormed the town of Jisr al-Saghour in the Idlib province.

In another development, activists based in the Syrian capital said soldiers have defected from the Syrian army at Mezzeh airport in Damascus. They gave no further details.

The Syrian Local Coordination Committees said the defected Syrian soldiers had escaped to Turkey.

At least 24 people were killed Sunday in violence across Syria, as the head of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) sought to pressure the government to ensure medical access to those injured and jailed.

Meanwhile former Syrian Vice President Abdel Halim Khaddam who now lives in exile in Paris, demanded a military intervention in Syria, Al-Jazeera reported.

In his letter to "Syrian revolutionaries," Khaddam said a military intervention in Syria is needed like in Libya. "Military intervention is not the same as an occupation," he said.

In another development, the Syrian attorney General of the city of Hama who announced his defection last week arrived in Cyrpus, the Dubai-based al Arabiya channel said Monday.

"Adnan Bakhour, who defected from the Syrian regime, arrived in Cyprus," the channel said, without elaborating.

Activists based in Lebanon confirmed to DPA that Bakhour was "safe and sound" but refused to say where.

Bakhour appeared in videos last week in which he said he had resigned because of a massive government campaign of killing and torture in Hama. The government responded that Bakhour had been kidnapped and was forced to issue the statement.