Syrian troops killed at least 17 people today in raids on anti-government protesters, activists said, but failed to stop thousands from pouring into streets nationwide. Syria's popular uprising began in mid-March and President Bashar Assad has reacted with deadly force. The U.N. estimates some 2,600 people have been killed.
BBC reporter Owen Bennett-Jones spoke with Here & Now's Jane Clayson from the Syria-Lebanon border, where he had been speaking to Syrian refugees.
"The view everyone seems to have is that A, it's going to go on for a very, very long time," he said. "And B, if President Bashar Al Assad keeps going like this and just keeps killing people as they come out onto the streets, there's not much the opposition can do."
- Owen Bennett-Jones, BBC reporter on the Syrian-Lebanon border
This segment aired on September 16, 2011.