Smoke billowing from the Syrian village of Qunaitra following an explosion during fighting between forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad and rebel fighters September 4, 2014. (AFP Photo/Jalaa Marey)
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Syrian rebels have made fresh advances near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights in Qunaitra province, where 26 troops and 17 rebels were killed in a battle Saturday, an activist group said.The Observatory says the fighting around Qunaitra has killed some 70 loyalists and dozens of rebels since the end of August.The shelling comes three weeks into a major battle in the eastern Damascus district of Jobar, which the regime is trying to wrest from rebel control.On Sunday, the air force carried out 10 airstrikes against rebel positions east of Damascus, the Observatory said, reporting no casualties.
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