Syrian rebels take control of historic town near Jordanian border

March 25, 2015 11:03

BEIRUT - Insurgent groups fighting the Syrian government have seized control of a southern town near the border with Jordan after four days of battles, the Syrian Observatory for Human rights reported on Wednesday.

A Syrian military source said there had been heavy fighting with armed groups in and around the town of Bosra al-Sham on Tuesday night. "We are investigating the facts in the field," the source said.

The ancient city of Bosra is listed as a UNESCO world heritage site.

The Syrian army and allied forces including the Lebanese group Hezbollah launched a big offensive against rebel groups in Syria's southwestern corner early last month. It is an area of strategic importance due to its proximity to Damascus and neighboring states Israel and Jordan.

Insurgent groups operating in the south include mainstream rebels who have received military support from President Bashar Assad's foreign foes and jihadist group the Nusra Front, which is al-Qaida's arm in Syria.

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