Syrian troops capture key town near Damascus

Last Updated: Thursday, April 25, 2013 - 14:04

Beirut: Syrian activists and state media say President Bashar Assad`s forces have captured a strategic town near Damascus after a five-week battle with rebels.

Director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Rami Abdul-Rahman, says government troops regained control of the town of Otaybah, east of the capital, late yesterday.

State-run SANA news agency said on Thursday that the Army has "restored complete control" over Otaybah.

The town is located on a road linking Damascus to its international airport, along which rebels have been transporting weapons and other supplies from neighbouring Jordan.

The opposition has found strong support in the city`s surrounding towns and neighbourhoods since the beginning of the two-year-old conflict.

Rebels fighting to topple Assad hope to eventually storm the capital from there.


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First Published: Thursday, April 25, 2013 - 14:04

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