BEIRUT: Syrian rebels took control of most of a strategic army base in northern Syria after a fierce firefight with President Bashar al-Assad’s forces today, a monitoring group said.
The military complex, known as Base 80, is tasked with securing the nearby Aleppo international airport as well as the Nayrab military airport.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said fierce clashes pitting troops against rebels loyal to Al-Nusra Front, Liwa al-Tawhid, Al-Muhajireen and other groups raged near Base 80, most of which has come under insurgent control.
The fighting came a day after rebels in Aleppo province seized a military airport at Al-Jarrah and launched an assault on other air bases in the area, including the Aleppo international airport, closed since January 1.
Dozens of fighters and troops have been killed in the fighting, the Britain-based Observatory said.