Syrian army in control of most of Rastan , activist says

October 1, 2011 16:57

BEIRUT - Syrian forces have taken control of most of the town of Rastan where they have been fighting army defectors and gunmen for five days, a British-based activist said on Saturday.

Rami Abdel-Rahman, head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said a resident who managed to escape Rastan early on Saturday reported heavy gunfire through the night.

The town has seen the first prolonged armed confrontation between rebels and soldiers loyal to President Bashar Assad.

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