Syrian warplanes bombed two buildings Monday in the northern city of Aleppo, killing at least five people, including three children from the same family, activists said.
The leaders of the rebel Free Syrian Army said Saturday they moved their command center from Turkey to Syria with the aim of uniting rebels and speeding up the fall of President Bashar Assad's regime.
Syria on Sunday accused neighboring Turkey of allowing thousands of Muslim extremists to cross into its territory, as the government and opposition said an explosion killed at least seven and cut off a main road headed south from the capital.
The spirit in towns such as Azaz has been one of defiance, and of change, as townsfolk have been organizing themselves, making preparations for elections, for the days of the post-Assad rule. Towns like these keep the 17-month-old uprising alive, say rebels.
Syrian troops backed by tanks and helicopters broke into a Damascus suburb on Thursday following two days of shelling and intense clashes as part of a widening offensive by President Bashar Assad's forces to seize control of parts of the capital and surrounding areas from rebel fighters, activists said.
Government forces stormed a rebel-held town outside Damascus on Tuesday after days of fierce fighting, killing dozens of people including at least 23 rebels, according to activist groups and a rebel spokesman.
Syrian President Bashar Assad attended prayers in a Damascus mosque to mark the start of a Muslim holiday on Sunday, his first appearance in public since the bombing last month that killed four of his top security officials.
Armed Shiite clansmen in Lebanon said Wednesday they had captured more than 20 Syrians and will hold them until one of their relatives seized by rebels inside Syria is freed. The tensions were a stark reminder of how easily Syria's civil war could spill over to neighboring states.
The Syrian prime minister who defected to the opposition said Tuesday that President Bashar Assad's regime was near collapse and urged other political and military leaders to tip the scales and join the rebel side.