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Syrian Army Reportedly Kills Scores Of Rebels Near Damascus

An opposition monitoring group says troops loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad have killed at least 62 rebels in an ambush northeast of Damascus.

Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that the ambush occurred early on August 7 near the town of Adra, some 30 kilometers northeast of the capital.

The group said most of those killed were youths.

The SANA state news agency did not give a death toll for the ambush but said the rebels were from the Al-Qaeda-linked Al-Nusra Front.

It said all the rebels were killed and machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades were captured.

Meanwhile, the observatory said heavy fighting broke out near the northern city of Aleppo.

The fighting comes a day after rebels overran the strategically important Minnigh air base near Aleppo.

Based on reporting by Reuters and AFP