Rebel fighters gather along the road carrying their weapons near the village of Kasab and the border crossing with Turkey, in the northwestern province of Latakia, on March 23, 2014. (AFP PHOTO/AMR RADWAN AL-HOMSI)
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Syria forces in heavy counterattack on rebels in LatakiaSyrian government forces intensified their shelling Wednesday of positions seized by rebels in the coastal province of Latakia, focusing on the Kasab border crossing into Turkey, an army officer said.The officer said thousands of rebels had participated in a Friday assault on Kasab, in fighting that had killed 50 soldiers and left hundreds of rebels dead.Syria has accused Turkey of giving cover to rebels in the assault on Kasab, and the officer in Al-Bassit said a Turkish tank had even fired at a Syrian army position.More than 146,000 people have been killed in the three-year conflict and nearly half the Syrian population has been displaced.
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