Rebels seize air defense base in southern Syria


BEIRUT–Syrian rebels on Saturday seized a major air defense base in a strategic region of southern Syria near the Jordanian border in the latest battlefield triumph for fighters seeking to topple President Bashar al-Assad, activists said.

Fighters with a rebel group active in the south stormed and seized control of the air defense base used by the 38th division after a 16-day siege, according to a statement posted on websites of the group known as the Yarmouk Martyrs Brigade.

The base near the village of Saida is situated along the international highway linking the Syrian capital, Damascus, with Jordan to the south.