How did three Danes end up being tortured in Lebanon?
The human cost of the Greek financial crisis
26 Mar 2014 12:25 GMT | Politics, Middle East, Syria, Turkey
Syrian rebels have seized control of a tourist site by the Turkish border that allowed them a small foothold by the Mediterranean for the first time since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad erupted three years ago, activists said.
Amateur video posted online by activists on Tuesday shows a group of rebels by the sea in the seaside strip known as Samra, some sitting on rocks and raising their guns.
"This is the village of Samra, under the rule of rebels," said the narrator of the video.
Samra straddles the Syria-Turkey border and the Turkish government has allowed Syrian rebels to ship in aid, weapons and men through its border crossing.
Still, Samra has no port, and Syrian military aircraft are likely to bomb rebels trying to use any sea passage.
There was no government confirmation of Samra's capture.
The capture of Samra came after rebels severed one of the Assad government's last links to the Turkish border by seizing the Kassab crossing and a predominantly Armenian Christian town of the same name on Sunday.
Activists in Latakia say the rebels' mission of keeping their new gains in the province would prove difficult. The regime is so far in control of most of the high hills nearby, making opposition fighters in lower areas an easy target.
On Tuesday, rebels managed to capture a strategic hill known as "Observatory 45", south of Kassab. Activists told Al Jazeera opposition forces would have to capture several other such hills to make it possible to sustain their grip.
Rebels launched their offensive on Friday in Latakia province, the ancestral home of the Assad family and a stronghold of his minority Alawite sect, a Shia offshoot that is one of the main pillars of support for his rule.
Source: Al Jazeera and agencies
Cousin of President Bashar al-Assad killed in battles with rebel fighters near border with Turkey.
Politics, Middle East, Syria, Turkey
Educated, middle-class Syrian exiles share their thoughts on the revolution and their determination to return home.
War & Conflict, Politics, Syria, Turkey, Syria: Broken Nation
Content on this website is for general information purposes only. Your comments
are provided by your own free will and you take sole responsibility for any direct
or indirect liability. You hereby provide us with an irrevocable, unlimited, and
global license for no consideration to use, reuse, delete or publish comments, in
accordance with Community Rules & Guidelines and Terms and Conditions.
Migrants complain of being sent to squalid shelters, as France unveils plan to reduce asylum processing times.
Europe, France, Migrants
Despite reforms, lifting of sanctions and 'opening', political activists in Myanmar continue to face arrests.
Human Rights, Asia, Myanmar
Changing climate, unpredictable rains dry out the land, threaten the pastoral way of life in Somaliland.
Poverty & Development, Environment, Africa
Tensions rise as Greeks from both side of the bailout debate take to the streets to withdraw money and express angst.
Politics, Europe, Greece
Voters say no to country's multi-billion euro deal with EU as PM Tsipras says creditors must agree to restructure debt.
Politics, Europe, Greece, European Union
US Secretary of State says "genuine progress" made in talks but US still "prepared to walk away" if terms unacceptable.
Politics, Middle East, Europe, Iran, US & Canada
From Democracy to the Market - we examine the devastating impact of the Greek financial crisis on ordinary citizens.
Business & Economy, Europe, Greece
Can Afghan archaeologists take on the Chinese and the Taliban to save a 5,000-year-old archaeological site?
Arts & Culture, Asia, Afghanistan
In war-torn Afghanistan it is not the Taliban that poses the greatest threat to women - it is their own families.
Human Rights, Women, Afghanistan
After decades of tension and hostility between the two nations, has change finally come to US-Cuba relations?