Opposition fighters seize arms depot near Damascus

A Free Syrian Army fighter holds onto an anti-aircraft weapon in the Khan al-Assal area, near Aleppo April 27, 2013. (Reuters)

An arms and ammunition depot has been captured by Syrian opposition fighters in the Qalamun area near Damascus, early on Saturday, reported the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The Britain-based observatory said several groups, including the jihadist al-Nusra Front, were behind the capture of the depot of anti-tank weapons and rockets.

“Liwa al-Islam, Al-Nusra Front, Al-Tawhid battalion, the Maghaweer (rebel commando force) and the Qalamun Martyrs’ battalion... captured an ammunitions depot near the village of Qaldun in the Qalamun area” northeast of the capital, the Observatory said.

Rebels seized “anti-tank weapons and ground-to-ground Grad missiles, as well as a variety of other ammunition, after clashes overnight from Friday to Saturday,” it said.

Fighting in Damascus itself was reported in the south of the capital, loyalist forces pressing to dislodge rebels from the city’s outskirts.

Elsewhere, following victory in Khladiyeh district this week, the army has pushed on with its bid to dislodge the rebels from Syria’s third city.

More than 100,000 people, most of them civilians, have been killed in Syria's 28-month conflict, the United Nations says.

On Friday alone, at least 110 people were killed across Syria, the Observatory said.

(With AFP)

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