Syrian army, rebels clash near air base near Lebanon border

By REUTERS
April 18, 2013 02:17

 
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AMMAN - Syrian President Bashar Assad's forces killed at least 27 people on Wednesday in fighting to fend off a rebel advance on a Syrian military air base near the Lebanese border, opposition campaigners said.

Rebel fighters breached defenses of the Qusair Air Defense Base, located some 14 km (nine miles) from Lebanon's Bekaa Valley, a stronghold of the pro-Assad Lebanese Shi'ite movement Hezbollah, after a one-month siege, activists in the area said.

But the army countered with rockets and aerial bombings on rebel-held areas in the vicinity, the source said.

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