Free Syrian Army rebels gather around a pickup truck with their weapons in Maaret Al-Numan, Idlib province February 14, 2014. Picture taken February 14, 2014. (REUTERS/Qais Abu Al-Nasr)
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Both sides claim gains in Yabroud, QalamounSyrian government forces kept up their shelling of the town of Yabroud and the surrounding Qalamoun region over the weekend, as both sides claimed advances ahead of an expected all-out assault on the rebel-held town. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Sunday that government artillery targeted the outskirts of Yabroud, while clashes continued pitting regime troops and paramilitary forces against rebel militias, including the Al-Qaeda affiliate the Nusra Front, as well as the Al-Qaeda splinter group the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS).Regime troops seized the nearby village of Sheikh Najjar, with casualties on both sides of the clashes, the Observatory said. Regime troops and rebels also clashed in several locations in the Old City of Aleppo, while rebels managed to block a road leading from the city's historic citadel, the Observatory said.
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