Clashes kill 18 rebels in central Syria

BEIRUT (AP) — Activists say government forces have killed at least 18 rebels in clashes in central Syria.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Tuesday the fighting took place overnight near the town of Morek in Hama province.

The town lies along the main highway that connects the capital, Damascus, with northern Syria.

The government has been battling rebels for control of the road for months.

President Bashar Assad’s regime wants to keep the highway open so it can resupply its forces bogged down in fighting in the contested northern city of Aleppo.

The rebels want to cut the road to prevent supplies and reinforcements from reaching those troops. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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