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Syrian rebels seize strategic hill near Aleppo: NGO

Published on Mar 23, 2014 5:53 AM
 
A man stands on the debris of damaged buildings in al-Katerji district in Aleppo on March 22, 2014. Syrian rebels seized a strategic hill west of Aleppo after a fierce battle with government troops on Saturday as fighting elsewhere in the north spread across Latakia province, an non-government organisation said. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIRUT (AFP) - Syrian rebels seized a strategic hill west of Aleppo after a fierce battle with government troops on Saturday as fighting elsewhere in the north spread across Latakia province, an non-government organisation said.

At least 21 pro-government forces and 21 rebels were killed in the battle for Shwayhneh that overlooks a government-controlled sector of western Aleppo, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The hill's capture puts the Zahra district, where the air force intelligence services have headquarters, within firing range of the rebels, said the Syrian Revolution General Commission, a coalition of opposition groups.

Rebels have sought for months to capture Zahra, a move that could pose a threat to Syrian regime forces in the city of Aleppo, once the country's commercial hub.

 
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