Free Syrian Army fighters rest in Dourin mountain in Syria's northwestern Latakia province March 7, 2014. Picture taken March 7, 2014. (REUTERS/Alaa Khweled)
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Government aircraft pounded the rebel stronghold of Yabroud Sunday as clashes raged near the town, according to anti-regime activists and a monitoring group. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human rights said three rebels were killed in the fighting on the outskirts of the town, in the Danha and Rima areas.It said at least six fighters were killed or wounded on the other side, made up of government troops, paramilitaries and fighters from Lebanon's Hezbollah.Airstrikes and shelling by government forces struck a number of targets around Yabroud, wounding an unspecified number of people, the Observatory added.In Aleppo, up to eight people were killed during a helicopter strike on the neighborhood of Haidarieh, while government shelling and airstrikes targeted the Masaken Hanano and Sakhour neighborhoods. Rebels used the town as a base to attack pro-regime communities in the area, said pro-Syrian media and Rami Abdel-Rahman of the Observatory.
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