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Israel Allows In 7 Syrian Refugees as Fighting Nears Border

Group of Syrians included badly wounded civilians. Rebels advance near Israel border, capture tank.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 2/16/2013, 10:08 PM

Tank explodes in Syria
Tank explodes in Syria
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Israel allowed seven Syrian civilians into its territory through its border with Syria on Saturday.

The group showed up in the early afternoon at the border fence in the northern Golan Heights. Some of the people in the group were seriously injured. They were taken to Tzfat's Ziv Hospital for treatment.

Syrian opposition sources said that rebels have captured a military police position at Han Arnabeh, northeast of Kuneitra, not far from Israel.

Voice of Israel public radio said that the rebels captured a tank and other weapons, and put another tank out of commission. AFP reported that rebels pressed an offensive in northern Syria on Saturday, attacking Aleppo airport and two airbases, as a rights watchdog and residents reported hundreds of people held in a string of sectarian kidnappings.

Regime troops fended off fierce rebel onslaughts around Aleppo international airport and the adjacent Nayrab military airbase, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. East of Aleppo, rebel attacks around the Kwiyres military airbase sparked counter-strikes from regime warplanes.

The insurgents launched the "Battle of the airports" on February 12, and they have since seized Al-Jarrah military airport and a military complex that secures Aleppo's civilian airport.

Opposition reports said 170 people were killed in the fighting Friday.

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