Rebels seize military post on Syria's southern border

September 28, 2013 18:55

BEIRUT - Rebel fighters including foreign Islamists took control of a military post on Syria's southern border with Jordan on Saturday after four days of heavy fighting with President Bashar Assad's forces, activists said.

The former customs post on the edge of the city of Deraa, where Syria's uprising against Assad erupted in 2011, was seized by several groups including the al-Qaida-affiliated Nusra Front and the Islamist Ahrar al-Sham, according to the reports.A video from the site showed a masked fighter claiming victory in the name of the two movements, and a captured tank from which a black Islamist flag was fluttering.

Rebels also seized a fuel depot north of Damascus, the Syrian Observatory for Human Right said, while state media said Assad's forces made gains in rebel areas of east Damascus.

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