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Friday 25 April 2014

Rebels close in on Aleppo airport

Syrian rebels have taken control of a military air base in the country's north, according to activists

Syrian rebels have captured a military air base in the country's north, their second strategic victory in as many days, activists have said.

The director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights Rami Abdul-Rahman said the rebels took control of the al-Jarrah air base in the northern province of Aleppo.

He said that after days of sporadic clashes at the airfield, opposition fighters launched an operation to capture al-Jarrah on Monday and had overrun the facility by Tuesday morning.

The seizure of the airfield comes a day after Syrian rebels captured the country's largest dam in one of their biggest strategic victories since the crisis began two years ago.

Press Association

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