Free Syrian Army fighters gesture while they pose near a plane that belongs to forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar Al-Assad after it crashed in Daraa, Syria June 11, 2015. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Faqir
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Syrian rebels stormed a military airport in the Druze-majority province of Swaida Thursday, as tensions soared in the provincial capital in the wake of a long-simmering state of tension with the authorities.The rebel groups, mostly under the "Southern Front" alliance of the Free Syrian Army, pounded the Thaaleh airport located a few kilometers west of the city of Swaida. They entered "wide sections" of the sprawling facility as battles raged with regime troops, according to anti-regime activists and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. As the battles raged, the Southern Front pledged that it had no intention of attacking Swaida, which has been untouched by the war through most of the uprising.The leader of the informal "Dignity Sheikhs" movement, Wahid Balous, issued a harsh statement in which he blamed the regime and urged the "citizen's arrest" of the top intelligence officer in Swaida, Col. Wafiq Nasser.
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