Rebels seize Alawite village in Syria, abduct civilians

BEIRUT - Insurgents captured an Alawite village from government control in western Syria on Thursday and abducted civilians living there, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. The village of al-Zara is about 22 miles north of the city of Homs.
The rebel groups that attacked al-Zara included the al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front, the Observatory said.
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