Thirteen students have been arrested in Lattaqia, on the Syrian coast. They are accused of forming an Islamist group called Sunna Al-Haya.
The details come from a Syrian minister, and the solicitor for the students.
The villages outside Lattaqia are the centre of Syria’s Allawi minority (from which most senior ministers come from).
Syria’s most organised opposition force is the Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamist organisation which tried to overthrow the government 20 years ago.