Syrian rebels take over ancient city on Jordanian border

Jihadists among forces in Busra Al-Sham, Roman-era UNESCO site

25 March, 20:41

    (ANSAmed) - BEIRUT, MARCH 25 - Syrian rebels including Islamist groups on Wednesday took over an ancient town near the Jordanian border after four days of fighting, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported. Busra Al-Sham is a Roman-era city recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site for its archeological remains.

    Since the conflict began in Syria in 2011, the town had always been in the hands of government forces and was considered a stronghold of loyalists in the Deraa province. Rebels see the seizing of the town as a highly strategic gain, as the city is on highlands only ten kilometers from the border with Jordan and looks over the plains that extend to Damascus's southern suburbs. (ANSAmed).

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