BEIRUT: Rebels seized a military airport in Syria’s northern province of Aleppo today, killing, injuring and capturing a total of around 40 troops, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
The remainder of the troops pulled out from the airport, leaving behind several warplanes and large amounts of ammunition, Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP.
The capture of the Al-Jirah military airport came a day after Islamist rebels overran the town of Tabqa, situated in the neighbouring province of Raqa, before taking control of the nearby strategic Al-Thawra dam on the Euphrates.
Abdel Rahman said the rebels’ progress in this area has been extremely quick.
Activists in Aleppo have told AFP rebel fighters in the north have shifted their focus in recent weeks to the capture of military airports and bases.