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Syrian army takes Krak des Chevaliers in Homs

Krak des Chevaliers castle is seen in Syria in this Wednesday, April 16, 2008. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)

BEIRUT: The Syrian army took over the historic citadel known as Krak des Chevaliers in Homs Thursday following fierce battles with rebels.

Al-Jadeed reporter Ramez al-Qadi, who is embedded with Syrian government forces, broadcast live from a hill overlooking the fort moments after it fall to troops loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad.

At least 11 rebels were killed and more than 45 wounded in a Syrian army ambush and ensuing gunbattle in Al-Hosn which takes its name from Qalaat Al-Hosn, Arabic for Krak de Chavaliers.

The fort’s fall comes days after the Syrian army seized control of the strategic rebel-held town of Yabroud in the region of Qalamoun.

 

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