Syrian border posts fall into hands of rebels
By VICTORIA JONES
Talk Radio News Service
WASHINGTON – Rebel fighters seized all four border crossings with Iraq and one into Turkey on Thursday, while also claiming for the first time to have captured a pocket of Damascus after intense street fighting.
On Wednesday rebels assassinated three top security officials. The government fought back hard Thursday. Thousands fled into neighbouring Lebanon.
The UN Security Council deadlocked as expected over a resolution seeking to punish Syria with economic sanctions for not putting a cease-fire into effect. Russia and China vetoed a resolution focused on the Syria crisis for a third time in an acrimonious meeting.
The clashes left one of the highest one-day death tolls since the uprising began, with 155 civilians and 93 government soldiers killed throughout Syria.
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