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  5/19/2013, Sivan 10, 5773

Report: Syrian Government Troops Take Al-Kusair

Syrian government troops seized the main square and surrounding buildings, including the municipal building of the strategic rebel stronghold of Al-Kusair, Sunday, according to a military source cited by Agence France Presse. Al-Arabiya says the city controls ground routes between Mediterranean Sea and Damascus.

The claim followed weeks of siege by the government and Hizbullah terrorists, according to opposition sources, who say as many as 16 people are known dead and more are buried underneath rubble from airstrikes and shelling.