Updated: July 6, 2012 8:52AM
BEIRUT — Anti-regime activists say Syrian forces have killed at least 25 people, arrested scores more and torched dozens of homes while seizing a northern city from rebels.
Osama Kayal from the city, Khan Sheikhoun, said Friday that local fighters repelled an army advance early this week, destroying at least six army vehicles and killing the soldiers inside.
Rebels withdrew on Wednesday when a larger force arrived, backed by attack helicopters, said Kayal and other activists.
Kayal said he knew of 25 people who had been killed since Wednesday, but there could be many more.
This raid and other violence reported around Syria on Friday led many activists to dismiss the importance of a meeting by the U.S. and its international partners in Paris to discuss further sanctions against President Bashar Assad.