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Syrian rebels fully capture town near Turkey

  • Associated Press
  • December 25, 2012 - 5:11 AM

BEIRUT - Activists say Syrian rebels have fully captured a northern town near the Turkish border after weeks of siege and heavy fighting.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the rebels captured Harem in Idlib province in the early hours of Tuesday.

Mohammed Kanaan, an Idlib-based activist, said the last post to be taken in the town was the historic citadel that the army had turned into a military post.

"Harem is fully liberated now," Kanaan he said via Skype.

Rebels have taken wide areas along the border with Turkey over the past months.

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