BEIRUT\ - Syria's army ambushed Islamist fighters in the Qalamoun mountains north of the capital Damascus on Friday, leaving as many as 60 people dead, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
The attack happened between the Christian town of Maaloula and the town of Yabroud, where government forces and rebels are fighting, added the Observatory, a British-based pro-opposition monitoring group.
Syrian state television showed footage of dozens of bodies lying in a mountainous area, with weapons next to them.
It was not possible to verify the report independently.
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