Syria rebels say they have captured Damascus base

Monday 19 November 2012 20.13
Syria rebels say they have captured Damascus base

Syrian rebels have said they had seized the headquarters of an army battalion near the southern gate of Damascus, the nearest military base to the capital reported to have fallen to opposition fighters.

Two units of the Islamist rebel groups said in a statement that they had overrun the base of the Air Defence Battalion near Hajar al-Aswad after four days of fighting.

Video footage showed rebels amid destroyed anti-aircraft guns and one commander saying on a walkie-talkie: "We have completely seized the compound."

Independent verification of the report was not possible.

Keywords: syria, damascus