Syrian refugees, fleeing the violence in Syria, wait to enter Turkey on the Syrian-Turkish border in Shamm Alqrain village, northern countryside of Aleppo February 5, 2014. REUTERS/Mahmoud Hebbo
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Syrian forces and rebels battled Sunday for a third straight day for control of a key crossing on the northern border with Turkey, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said."Fighters from (the Al-Qaeda-affiliated) Al-Nusra Front and other groups have attacked the crossing and forced out regime forces and national defence auxiliaries," Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman said. However, he added that fierce fighting was still under way at the Kasab crossing, which was first attacked on Friday. The Observatory said that among those killed in Saturday's clashes -- which claimed the lives of at least 50 rebels and 26 loyalists -- was the head of the Presidential Guard in Aleppo, Colonel Abbas Samii.
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