Refugees who fled the violence from the Syrian town of Flita, near Yabroud, stand outside their tents at the border town of Arsal, in the eastern Bekaa Valley March 20, 2014. REUTERS/Hassan Abdallah
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Syrian government forces captured two villages near the border with Lebanon on Saturday, continuing a weeks-long advance that has cut a major supply route for weapons and fighters into the country from eastern Lebanon, said activists and state TV.Flita, about 5 miles (7 kilometers) from the border with Lebanon, had been a major crossing point for rebels coming into Syria to fight President Bashar Assad's forces.The Syrian government refers to rebels as "terrorists".Lebanon's Iranian-backed Hezbollah openly began waging war alongside Assad's forces last year, allowing Syrian forces to regain swaths of territory lost to armed rebels since the uprising began three years ago.As Syrian forces seized the two villages, Syrian warplanes carried out an air raid on the hilly outskirts of Arsal.
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