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Anti-Assad protesters hold the Jabhat al-Nusra flag, as they shout slogans during a demonstration, at Kafranbel town, in Idlib province, northern Syria (AP)

Anti-Assad protesters hold the Jabhat al-Nusra flag, as they shout slogans during a demonstration, at Kafranbel town, in Idlib province, northern Syria (AP)

Anti-Assad protesters hold the Jabhat al-Nusra flag, as they shout slogans during a demonstration, at Kafranbel town, in Idlib province, northern Syria (AP)

Syrian rebels claim they have seized a key town near the border with Jordan, following four days of intense battles with government forces.

There was no immediate comment from the government on the reported fall of Busra Sham, a town in southern Syria known for its historical citadel and a Roman amphitheatre declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco.

For the rebels, the town's capture is a strategic gain because of its geographical location. Rebel groups fighting to topple president Bashar Assad have been on the offensive in the area for weeks.

Several opposition groups and at least one of the Islamic rebel groups who took part in the battles for Busra Sham have announced the capture of the town.

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