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Syria rebels seize part of key army base: Watchdog

Published on Nov 19, 2012 6:08 AM
A Free Syrian Army fighter holds an opposition flag after defeating fighters from the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) from Jabal Boursayia near Aleppo Nov 15, 2012. -- PHOTO : REUTERS

BEIRUT (AFP) - Syrian rebels on Sunday took control of part of a strategic army base they have besieged for weeks in the northern province of Aleppo, a watchdog and residents said.

The rebel fighters also captured at least 25 regime soldiers during clashes with the military at the same base, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

"Several insurgent groups have seized control of a large part of Base 46," said the Britain-based watchdog, citing activists in the region.

During their assault on the sprawling base, which is situated atop a hill near the town of Atarib, the rebel fighters seized heavy weapons from the military, it added.

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