Syrian security forces on Friday took over the northwestern city of Maarat al-Numaan, days after laying siege to it, the Associated Press reported citing local activists.
Rights activist Mustafa Osso told AP that large numbers of soldiers backed by tanks and helicopter gunships entered the town, but it was not immediately clear if there were any casualties in the operation.
Omar Idilbi of the Local Coordination Committees which monitors anti-government protests in Syria said that soldiers were in full control of the town.
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