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Syrian rebels seize Turkish border crossing, report says.

Rebels seized this third frontier post after fierce battles with government troops overnight that sent bullets flying into Syria's northern neighbour. Rebels fired into the air in celebration after taking control of a customs building at the Tal Abyad border gate, the Anadolu Agency reported. "Their kinsmen in Turkey joined them in their celebration from across the Turkish side of the border," Anadolu said.

Turkish schools in the region were closed for the day after the intense overnight clashes as the rebels attacked the border crossing at Tal Abyad, south of the Turkish town of Sanliurfa.

Violence raged in Syria on Wednesday, and a key Iranian diplomat huddled with the country's besieged president to discuss the conflict -- now a year and a half old.

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Publication:Agency Tunis Afrique Press
Geographic Code:7SYRI
Date:Sep 19, 2012
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