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Rebels seize control of Syria police academy

  • Rebels captured large parts of a Syrian police academy near Aleppo, according to activists on Sunday.

    Video footage emerged on Saturday showing rebels breaking into the Khan al-Assal compound.

    Around 200 fighters were killed on both sides over eight days, UK-based activist group the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said.

    The group's reports are yet to be independently confirmed.

    However, a police source in Aleppo later confirmed that much of the academy had been taken over by rebels.

    Since the Syrian uprising began in March 2011, an estimated 70,000 people are believed to have been killed.

    Fighting has been reported throughout the country forcing hundreds of thousands of people to flee into neighboring countries.

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