Syria war: Rebels take over al-Rai
Friday, 08 April 2016 - 8:46
Syrian rebels say they have seized control of the strategically important northern town of al-Rai from the group known as Islamic State (IS), foreign media reports.
The fall of the town is a boost for the rebels as they battle to capture the divided city of Aleppo.
Al-Rai's capture after several days of heavy fighting secures an important supply line from Turkey for the rebels.
Separately, at least 200 people are missing after an IS attack on a factory near Damascus, the government says.
Workers were reportedly taken from a dormitory where they were staying on the outskirts of the town of Dumeir, about 40km (25 miles) east of the capital.
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