This YouTube grab released on Sunday, March 23, 2014 shows rebels from various groups taking the Kasab border crossing between Syria an Turkey. (The Daily Star/Salma Media Center, HO)
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Turkey shot down a Syrian plane Sunday that Ankara said had crossed into its airspace from Latakia province, where rebels killed a cousin of President Bashar Assad during fierce clashes for a border town.The Turkish general staff said one of its control centers detected two Syrian MIG-23s around 1 p.m. and warned them four times after they came close to the Turkish border.One plane entered Turkish airspace at Yayladagi, east of the Kasab border crossing, it said. The Observatory reported clashes between troops and rebels led by fighters from the Al-Qaeda-linked Nusra Front near Kasab and a strategic hill known as Observatory 45 .Local activists said the regime troops now occupied only "10 percent" of Kasab, after being beaten back by rebels. The Observatory added that rebels also launched another attack in Latakia in the village of Solas, about 25 kilometers south of Kasab.
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