80 Syrian soldiers killed over weekend in clashes

BEIRUT - Syrian rebels killed at least 80 government soldiers over the weekend in intensified attacks on army checkpoints and clashes with forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad, a pro-opposition rights group said on Monday.
The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said rebels had told it that units from the capital Damascus to the opposition stronghold province of Idlib had destroyed tanks and killed more than 100 soldiers. It was able to confirm the names of 80 through local doctors.
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