Syrian rebels fully capture town near Turkey

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

This Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012 image taken from video obtained from the Shaam News Network, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows Syrians helping a wounded man after a government airstrike hit the Hama Suburb of Halfaya, Syria. A government airstrike Sunday on a bakery in a rebel-held town in central Syria killed tens of people, which left scattered bodies and debris up and down a street, and more than a dozen wounded were trapped in tangled heap of dirt and rubble, activists said. (AP Photo/Shaam News Network via AP video)

BEIRUT (AP) — 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.

Associated Press
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