Syrian rebels take border crossing

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Published: Thursday 2nd April 2015 by The News Editor

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Syrian rebels and members of al Qaida’s local affiliate have captured the only functioning border crossing with Jordan and three nearby military posts, activists said.

Militants have completed “combing” operations in the area, and government forces withdrew in the direction of nearby Sweida province, according to Ahmad al-Masalmeh, a Syrian opposition activist based in the southern city of Daraa.

Syrian state TV quoted an unnamed military official as saying that government forces had regrouped near the Nasib border crossing and taken “positions in new military points”.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said helicopter gunships attacked rebel positions in the area early today.

The Nasib crossing is considered a crucial gateway for Syria’s government and for Syrian, Lebanese and Jordanian merchants.

Published: Thursday 2nd April 2015 by The News Editor

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