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Rebels Capture Air Base East Of Damascus

Syrian rebels have said they have captured a helicopter base 15 kilometers east of Damascus after an overnight battle.

An Internet video, which activists said was filmed at the Marj Al-Sultan Base, showed rebel fighters with AK-47 rifles touring the facility.

An antiaircraft gun could be seen positioned on top of an empty bunker and a rebel commander was shown next to a helicopter.

The authenticity of the video could not be independently confirmed.

The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said five rebels had died of injuries sustained during the clashes around the base.

Based on reporting by dpa and Reuters