Free Syrian Army fighters aim their weapons during heavy clashes with government forces at a military academy besieged by the rebels north of Aleppo.(Photo: Narciso Contreras, AP)
BEIRUT -- An activist group is reporting that Syrian rebels have
tried to storm a base protecting a military industrial compound in the
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said
seven rebels were killed in the attack on the air defense base in the
town of al-Safira.
The Observatory's chief Rami Abdul-Rahman says
that al-Safira, just south of Syria's largest city, Aleppo, is home to
Syrian military factories.
He says the plants are surrounded by army bases and posts to protect them.
clashes come three days after rebels captured a warehouse in the area.
It was later bombed by Syrian warplanes, killing nearly two dozen
rebels, Abdul-Rahman said.
The conflict in Syria that began in March 2011 and became a civil war has left more than 40,000 people dead.