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This is the third Turkish border crossing to fall under the control of Syrian rebel fighters, after a fierce gun battle during which two Turkish civilans are reported to have been wounded inside Turkey.

It is estimated that 300 Syrians have already crossed into Turkey via this gate, where there are upwards of 83,000 Syrian refugees. Men crossed the border in the other direction carrying bottled water to give to the rebels.

On the Syrian side of the frontier, unverified amateur footage is said to show the bodies of Syrian pro-government soldiers apparently killed in the battle for the border post. The man who took the footage can be heard saying “This is a live picture from the battleground fought by the heroes of Qadissiya brigade.”

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