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Syria rebels take loyalist Palestinian training camp: NGO

Published on Nov 26, 2012 5:56 AM

BEIRUT (AFP) - Syrian rebels on Sunday seized the training camp of a pro-regime Palestinian faction in Damascus province and took control of an arms depot after fierce clashes, a watchdog reported.

"Rebels stormed a Popular Front-General Command (PFLP-GC) training camp in the Rihan area of Damascus province, after violent clashes with local fighters," the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

It said the rebels took full control of the camp after launching an attack on Saturday, with casualties suffered on both sides, including among the families of a number of the Palestinian militants.

Separately, rebels took over an arms depot after several days of fighting in Deir Suleiman, also in Damascus province, seizing weapons and ammunition, the Observatory said the training camp "functioned for over 30 years as a base of resistance, graduating thousands of Palestinian youth and hundreds of guerrillas who have humiliated the Zionist enemy with important operations," the PFLP-GC said in a statement condemning the attack on Saturday.

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