Rebel fighters prepare to fire a weapon towards forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar Assad in the town of Morek in Hama province July 20, 2014. (REUTERS/Badi Khlif)
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Syrian rebels pressed on with a fresh advance in the central province of Hama, as they bid to take out its military airport, a rebel commander and an activist group said Tuesday.Barrel bombs have killed hundreds of civilians, especially in rebel areas of the divided northern city of Aleppo, in recent months.According to the Observatory, rebels and their Al-Qaeda ally, the Nusra Front, took over a major checkpoint north of Hama city, which is firmly under regime control, Monday night. The air force has used deadly barrel bombs, which are being manufactured in Hama military airport, to strike opposition-controlled areas across Syria for many months.
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