May 25, 2013 | 06:22 AM (BD Time)
25 May, 2013 Saturday
Rebels ‘kill 20 troops’
. BBC Online
Syrian activists say at least 20 soldiers have been killed in fierce clashes with rebels in the north-western province of Latakia.
The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the fighting took place in a region known as Jabal al-Akrad near the Turkish border.
The report cannot be independently verified. Latakia has seen an upsurge in fighting and UN observers say they have been denied access to some areas.
The UN observer mission last week suspended its operations amid worsening violence. Syrian Observatory for Human Rights head Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP news agency that most of the soldiers had died in direct fighting with rebel forces in Jabal al-Akrad, which means Kurdish Mountain.
"Other soldiers were killed in a rebel attack on two buildings which the army was using to launch mortar attacks against the Kurdish Mountain," he said.
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