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Rebels attack major Syrian army base in Daraa

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and al-Masalmeh said Brigade 52 is the largest base in Daraa province.

By: Associated Press | Beirut |
Updated: June 9, 2015 9:57:42 pm
Syria, syria news, syria rebels, syria army, syria army base, syria army attack, syria killing, syria terror, terrorist in syria, Middle east news, international news A Free Syrian Army fighter scans for Syrian Army positions in Azaz, Syria.(Source: AP)

Rebels attacked a major Syrian army base in the southern province of Daraa on Tuesday in the latest push by opposition fighters against President Bashar Assad’s embattled forces, activists said.

Assad’s forces have suffered several defeats over the past three months at the hands of insurgents, members of al-Qaida’s branch in Syria and the Islamic State extremist group. The government lost the northern city of Idlib, the central historic town of Palmyra and a southern border crossing point with Jordan.

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The Western-backed Free Syrian Army rebel group launched the assault at dawn on the army base, known as Brigade 52, said Ahmad al-Masalmeh, an opposition activist in Daraa. He said the rebels have captured the nearby village of Mleiha al-Sharqiyeh.

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The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and al-Masalmeh said Brigade 52 is the largest base in Daraa province. The Observatory, which relies on a network of local activists, said the fighting has killed 20 troops and pro-government gunmen as well as 14 rebels.

The Observatory also said on Tuesday that it has documented the deaths of 230,000 people since the Syrian conflict began in March

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