Syria rebels seize airport near Iraqi border-activists


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  • Saturday, 17 Nov 2012

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Rebels captured an airport used by Syria's military near the Iraqi border on Saturday, activists said, a move which they said would allow them to maintain their hold on the recently seized border town of Albu Kamal.

President Bashar al-Assad's forces have responded by shelling the airport with fighter jets, said a local activist Ziad al-Amir.

Video published by rebel groups showed fighters patrolling a dusty desert air base in Syria's Deir al-Zor province. Plumes of grey smoke rose from some low concrete buildings as fighters examined several abandoned tanks.

(Reporting by Erika Solomon; Editing by Andrew Heavens)

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