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Videos show Free Syrian Army take over a border crossing between Syria and Turkey

A dramatic video posted online shows what appears to be members of rebels from the Free Syrian Army raid a major border crossing between Syria and Turkey, a day after a bombing in Damascus killed three senior military figures with close ties to President Bashar al-Assad.

(Screenshot from YouTube footage)

According to Babak Dehghanpisheh, who has been covering the story for the Post, the first video is from Bab al Hawa crossing, close to the Turkish city of Antakya. Reuters has reported that the rebels were unable to take control of the checkpoint after they came under attack by military helicopters.

The video shows one of the fighters tearing the poster of Assad that sat on top of the checkpoint, while another fighter on the road below fires celebratory gunshots. Meanwhile, the person making the video says, “This is revenge for my brothers in Damascus and Tremseh and everywhere.”

In a second video, which as since been removed, the fighters were seen inside the border crossing office, taking down the posters of Assad and his late father Hafez al-Assad, his predecessor as president, and stomping on them to repeated chants of “Allah u Akhbar.”

The border raid happened as Syrian rebels continued to clash with government forces in the capital. As our colleagues reported earlier today, army snipers are spread across in parts of Damascus, while choppers continued to target the neighborhoods where rebels were hiding.

You can follow our full Syria coverage here.

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Anup Kaphle is the Post's digital foreign editor. He has an M.S. degree in journalism from Columbia University. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook.


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