Syrian Rebels Battle Assad Forces for Two Air Bases in North

Syrian rebels trying to oust President Bashar Al-Assad fought with government forces at two military air bases in the north of the country, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Clashes raged inside the Abu Zhuhoor base in northwestern Idlib province and the Kweiras military air base in Aleppo, the U.K.-based group said in an e-mailed statement today. The fighting in Abu Zhuhoor killed an unknown number of government forces, it said.

Syrian rebels have tried to weaken Assad’s military supremacy by seizing air bases across the country. Government forces have attacked with helicopters and fighter jets as they lose territory. The uprising against Assad, which began in March 2011, has killed more than 70,000 people, according to United Nations estimates.

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