ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Activists say rebels have captured a military base in the northern Syrian province of Aleppo and confiscated large amounts of ammunition.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says 16 government troops were killed in the attacks on the base near the rebel-held town of Daret Azzeh and nearby checkpoints early Sunday.
Mohammed Saeed, an activist in the area, said the rebels captured and removed hundreds of artillery shells from the base, on a hill overlooking the town.
Saeed added via Skype that troops retaliated with intense shelling on the area using helicopter gunships.
On Friday, state media said 25 people were kidnapped by "terrorists" and killed in Daret Azzeh. Activist said the 25 men killed were pro-government gunmen.