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Rebels seize keytown; toll hits 40,000
[Bangla Daily Star] Rebels seized the eastern Syria town of Mayadeen yesterday, the latest in a series of strategic advances, as the number of people killed in the increasingly violent conflict passed the 40,000 mark.

Defeated government troops fled from Mayadeen to a military airport near the main eastern city of Deir Ezzor, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

The oil and gas-rich province of Deir Ezzor is home to Sunni Moslem tribes whose ties extend across the border into Iraq.

Despite its battlefield losses, most oil and gas fields in the large desert province remain still under regime control, said the Britannia-based Observatory.
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