Syrian rebels capture part of Aleppo army base

Syrian rebels capture part of Aleppo army base

Syrian rebels have captured parts of a large army base in the north of the country, just west of the city of Aleppo, activists said today.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the rebels entered the Sheik Suleiman base yesterday afternoon, after weeks of fighting.

The development indicates the rebels are strengthening their grip on northern areas near the Turkish border. Last month, they captured another large base near Aleppo.

The Observatory said the rebels seized a key sector of the base. Amateur videos released by activists showed gunmen walking inside the base, carrying a jihadist black Islamic flag.

The footage also showed rebels driving around in a captured tank and manning heavy anti-aircraft machine guns.

The activist videos appear genuine and correspond to AP’s reporting on the events depicted.

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