A handout picture released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on March 17, 2014, shows Syrian pro-government forces walking in the newly-seized western town of Yabroud. AFP PHOTO /SANA/ HO
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Syria's army on Wednesday took over a small village in the Qalamoun area on the Lebanon border, four days after it seized the strategic rebel bastion of Yabroud, state news agency SANA said.The takeover of Ras al-Ain comes four days after the fall from rebel hands of Yabroud, a key rebel bastion that had come under daily shelling for more than a month.The Observatory also said fierce clashes were raging in Rankus, a rebel village in the Qalamoun area. In the north, the army carried out fresh air strikes against several rebel areas of Aleppo, which has come under sustained aerial bombardment since December, killing hundreds of civilians, said the Observatory.
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