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Syria crisis: Rebels ‘take control of key dam’

Syrian rebels are reported to have seized control of the country’s largest hydro-electric dam, in what would be a strategic loss to the government, BBC reports.
Activists and opposition groups said fighters had taken over entrances and exits of the dam in the northern province of Raqa. Reports said the dam on the Euphrates River was still operational.
Meanwhile an explosion in a car on the Syria-Turkey border has killed at least seven people, officials say.
It is thought that the explosion happened in the area of the Cilvegozu customs post on the Turkish side of the border, in the southern province of Hatay.
Dozens of people were wounded in the blast, the cause of which was not immediately clear.
The crossing, which lies opposite the Syrian border post of Bab al-Hawa, has been the scene of clashes in recent months. Rebels fighting to overthrow Syrian President Bashar al-Assad captured Bab al-Hawa in July.

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