Kurdish fighters have pressed an advance against the Al-Qaeda-linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in the majority Kurdish province of Hasake, according to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
On Saturday, they took over several villages and military positions surrounding Ras al-Ain, which borders Turkey. According to the Observatory, Kurdish militia are now in control of a stretch of 25km along the Syrian-Turkish border, to the west of Ras al-Ain.
The advance comes less than a week after Kurdish fighters took over the Yaarubiyeh border crossing with Iraq.
Elsewhere, in the Christian village of Sadad in central Homs province, rebels fought to seize massive government arms warehouses, and the bodies of six civilians were found in a well, among them two children, said the Observatory.
The latest documented deaths took the total number of dead found in Sadad to 45, including 15 women, since clashes in the area began on October 21, the monitoring group said.
In the northern province of Aleppo, meanwhile, regime troops took over the village of Aziziyeh, days after seizing the strategic town of Sfeira from rebel hands, according to the Aleppo Media Centre, a network of activists. [AFP]