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article imageSyrian Army and rebels directly clash over air base

By Paul Iddon     Apr 17, 2013 in World
At least 27 people were killed by Assad's forces in the process of halting a rebel advance aimed at capturing a Syrian military air base near the Lebanese border.
Located nines from Lebanon's Bekaa Valley, which is home to many fighters belonging to the Iranian-backed pro-Assad Hezbollah militia, the Qusair Air Defense Base came under attack by rebel forces who managed to break through its defenses after besieging it for a month.
Reuters reports that the army counter attacked with rockets and aircraft sorties on rebel positions nearby.
As The Houston Chronicle reported
the regime as of late is battling the rebels for control of these strategic villages and areas near the Lebanese border which is strategically significant to both sides.
The base has no active air force planes but is important to the rebels as it was being used by regime forces to bomb their positions in the surrounding countryside.
The Qusair farming area where the base is located is extremely important given that its a strategic supply line from Lebanon for Syrian opposition fighters in the country's third large city of Homs who are engaged in a guerilla campaign against Assad's forces. Most of that city's inhabitants have fled due to the brutal and intense fighting that has left the city gutted.
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