Report: Assad forces make sweeping arrests in northwest

Syrian security forces on Thursday made sweeping arrests, stopping males over the age of 16 in the country's northwestern province, the Associated Press reported quoting a Syrian human rights activist.
The activist, Mustafa Osso, told AP the arrests were mainly done in Jisr al-Shughour and surrounding areas, where the Syrian army has been deploying troops in what seems to be preparation for a new military operation.
Osso also said troops opened fire Thursday morning near Maaret al-Numan, a town with some 100,000 people on the highway between Damascus and Aleppo. No casualties were reported yet.