CCTV.com - CNTV English - CCTV News

Syrian rebels capture border crossing

07-21-2012 18:46 BJT Special Report:Crisis in Syria |

Watch Video

Play Video

The Free Syrian Army, one of Syria’s armed rebel forces, has confirmed the capture of a strategic border crossing with Turkey, claiming the rebels had seized "Syria’s gateway to Europe". Muhannad Issa, a Vice Commander of Idlib Martyrs Brigade of the Free Syrian Army, said from Hatay in Turkey that the seizure of the Bab al-Hawa crossing was a major victory for the rebels.

Muhannad Issa, Vice Commander of Idlib Martyrs Brigade, said, "The strategic importance of Bab al-Hawa is that it is Syria’s gateway to Europe through Turkey. Now the FSA has control of Bab al-Hawa. The helicopters and the Syrian army might be shelling but it is the FSA that has control of the strategic gate and from now on it will be of no use to the Syrian government."

The seizure came after a bombing on Wednesday that killed three top Syrian officials. The government pulled its most powerful troops from around the country to reinforce Damascus, which allowed rebels to swoop in and take over key areas. Also on Friday, the UN Security Council unanimously approved a resolution renewing the 300-strong UN observer force in Syria for 30 days.

 

Editor:Zhang Jingya |Source: CNTV.CN

Hot Videos view more

The celebrations are still continuing as the victorious coach, Joachim Loew, has been honored for his achievement in his hometown of Freiburg.
Germany coach Loew honored in hometown of Freiburg

Chinese men´s national team continued its preparations for next year´s Asian Cup, as they managed a one-all draw against visitors Jordan during a football friendly in Harbin, the capital city of Northeast China´s Heilongjiang Province.
China held to 1-1 draw by Jordan

The defending world champs came into the contest with a perfect 6-and-oh record, but they would be in for a tough first half before opening things up in the second.
USA beat Slovenia 119-76 in quarter-finals

Hot Stories more

UK authorities believe killer of James Foley is a British national

Across the UK the hunt is on for James Foley’s killer, who authorities believe is a British national. As Richard Bestic reports from London, Prime Minister David Cameron cut short his summer break to lead his government’s response.

Israeli war jets renews Gaza strike as truce talks stalled

Three Palestinians were killed and 40 others wounded in the intensive Israeli war jets´ airstrikes on the Gaza city on Tuesday night, shortly before an end of a 24-hour ceasefire in the Gaza Strip,

Missouri police arrest dozens after violent night

As the protests in the town of Ferguson, Missouri turned violent with police facing ´heavy gunfire´ from some ´criminal elements´, cops fired tear gas, stun grenades and arrested 31 demonstrators on Monday night.

Picture in news more

More Video News

Choose TV Program