Syria fighters capture a security agency in Deir al-Zor

A video posted online showed men armed with assault rifles cheering as they stood outside a building they said was the local intelligence agency branch.

Syria fighters capture a security agency in Deir al-Zor

World Bulletin / News Desk

Rebels in Syria captured a security agency in the eastern city of Deir al-Zor after days of heavy fighting, an activists' video and a pro-opposition monitoring group said on Tuesday.

A video posted online showed men armed with assault rifles cheering as they stood outside a building they said was the local intelligence agency branch.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the fighters freed prisoners from the building.

"This was after violent clashes continuing for a number of days," the group said. It said it did not have information about casualties.

It was not clear when the building was captured and it is not possible to verify reports inside Syria because of restrictions on independent media.

The online video also showed tanks, which appeared to be damaged, and a room containing weapons.

Fighting also took place in the northern town of Ras al-Ain on the border with Turkey, between rebels and Kurdish militants, the observatory said on Tuesday.

The insurgents have been battling fighters of the Kurdish People's Defence Units for about two weeks in the area, and scores of people have died in the violence.

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