AMMAN - Rebels attacked a Syrian army base near the main northern highway on Thursday to try to consolidate their control over the supply line to Aleppo, days after capturing a strategic town in the area, opposition activists said.

Rebels used at least one tank seized from the army, as well as rocket-propelled grenades and mortar bombs, to hit the Wadi al-Deif base, three kilometres (2 miles) east of the town of Maarat al-Nuaman, which they captured this week, they said.

"The rebels have been attacking Wadi al-Deif since overnight but the army is still shelling Maarat al-Nuaman from it. The city continues to also be hit by warplanes," said Mohammad Kanaan, an opposition activist in the area.

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