Syrians say conflict 'has sectarian element'

Growing fear that Syrian uprising may not end peacefully, even if President Bashar al-Assad were to step down.

    Al Jazeera has obtained footage from the southern Syrian town of Telkalah, where people say the conflict has now taken on a sectarian dimension.

    Telkalah was one of the first towns to rebel against the Syrian government last year in what began as a peaceful uprising. The armed opposition says it remains in control of the city, but that they are surrounded by hostile villages.

    Opposition supporters in the city say the mainly Alawite villages are sympathetic to the government, and that access to the town is controlled by government militias.

    Zeina Khodr reports from Beirut, in neighbouring Lebanon.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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