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Wednesday 16 April 2014

Syrian rebels seize border airport

A fighter shoots his weapon through a hole in the wall during clashes with Syrian army forces (AP)

Syrian rebels have taken control of an airport in the country's east along the border with Iraq after days of heavy fighting with the forces of president Bashar Assad, activists said.

Rami Abdul-Rahman, the chief of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said opposition fighters over-ran the Hamdan airport in the oil-rich province of Deir el-Zour.

The airport, near the border town of al-Boukamal, has been turned into a military base during Syria's 20 months of conflict that has left over 36,000 people dead.

Rebels had been making advances in al-Boukamal for weeks. On Thursday, they seized control of the military security building and a military checkpoint at the edge of the border town.

At least four rebels were killed in the ongoing battle, Mr Abdul-Rahman said.

Press Association

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