BEIRUT (AP) - Syrian rebels seized a key military base with artillery stockpiles in the country's east Thursday, strengthening their hold in an oil-rich strategic province bordering Iraq, activists said.
The rebels have been making advances in the Deir el-Zour province recently, and the capture of the base followed the seizure of a military airport in the same area last week.
In the country's north, meanwhile, the two sides have been locked in a deadly stalemate for months.
Syrian warplanes flattened a building next to a hospital in Aleppo late Wednesday, killing at least 15 people, including a doctor and three children, and damaging one of the last remaining sources of medical help for civilians in the northern city, activists said
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, left, talks with his Pakistani counterpart Raja Pervaiz Asharf, right, in Islamabad, Pakistan, on Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012, after Erdogan arrived in Pakistan for the D-8 summit. The economic bloc of eight D-8 developing nations with large Muslim populations meet as diplomats help to secure a Gaza truce and heavy fighting continues to rage in Syria. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)