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Air strikes target Syria rebel-held towns: NGO

Published on Sep 23, 2012 10:31 PM

BEIRUT (AFP) - Syrian aircraft carried out strikes on rebel bastions across the country on Sunday, especially in central Homs province and Deir Ezzor in the east, a watchdog said, as 31 people were killed nationwide.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said apartment blocks in Albu Kamal were targeted as rebels and soldiers battled on the ground in several districts of the town on the Iraqi border.

"The insurgents are trying to wrest control of this strategic town" in the oil-rich province of Deir Ezzor as well as the nearby Hamdan military airport, said the group's head, Rami Abdel Rahman.

He said losing Albu Kamal would be "a deadly blow for the regime." In Homs, the country's third largest city, government artillery and air raids targeted the outskirts of the Jubar, Sultaniya and Baba Amr districts where rebels hold positions, said the Observatory.

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