Syrian rebels and civilians standing atop a tank in Qusayr, 15 kms (nine miles) from Homs, on July 12
A handout picture released by the Syrian opposition's Shaam News Network allegedly shows Syrian rebels and civilians standing atop a tank in Qusayr, 15 kms (nine miles) from Homs, on July 12. Syria's rebel Free Syrian Army seized control on Thursday of a crossing on the border with neighbouring Turkey, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. © - AFP/Shaam News/File
Syrian rebels and civilians standing atop a tank in Qusayr, 15 kms (nine miles) from Homs, on July 12
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Last updated: July 19, 2012

Syria rebels seize control of Turkey border crossing

Syria's rebel Free Syrian Army seized control on Thursday of a crossing on the border with neighbouring Turkey, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

"Rebel fighters seized control of the Bab al-Hawa crossing (in the northwestern province of Idlib) on the border with Turkey," the Britain-based rights group said, adding that the rebels went on to remove the photograph of President Bashar al-Assad that was displayed at the frontier post.

Amateur video posted on YouTube showed rebels firing into the air and describing the seizure as "the liberation of Bab al-Hawa."

Another video, purportedly filmed at the border post, shows two men burning a large portrait of Assad's father and his predecessor Hafez, along with the Baath party flag.

Anti-regime sentiment is strong in Idlib, and according to activists large parts of this border province have long been under rebel control.

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