BEIRUT - Armed Syrian rebels captured dozens of members of the security forces by seizing two military checkpoints in the northern province of Idlib on Monday, the opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
It said the army deserters also clashed with security forces at a third checkpoint, killing and wounding an unspecified number of troops loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad.
Rami Abdelrahman, director of the British-based Observatory, said Monday's operation took place in the Jabal al-Zawiyah region of Idlib. It was not immediately clear how many people had been killed or captured by the rebels, he said.
The Syrian government bars most international journalists from operating in the country, making it difficult to verify accounts of incidents.