The Free Syrian Army seized a large ammunition warehouse following clashes that lasted for more than two weeks with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces, a UK-based activist group said on Wednesday.
The depot, which houses one of Syria’s biggest weapons stockpiles, fell under FSA’s control after more than 50 rebel fighters and 20 Syrian regime loyalists were killed in Tuesday’s battle, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
Fighters from al-Nusra Front and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) -- both linked to al-Qaeda -- and the al-Khadraa and Baba Amr Commandos battalions “took over buildings of an army weapons depot near Mahin,” the Observatory said.
The rebels “seized a large amount of weapons” in the complex, which includes some 30 buildings, it added.
However, a Syrian security official in Damascus, spoke to Agence France-Presse on the condition of anonymity, denied that FSA has advanced or seized the arms depot.
The fighting was still under way, he added.