The Free Syrian Army ( FSA) captured the Syrian village of Khirbat al-Joz, close to the village of Jisr al-Shughur, about 2 km from the Turkish border after hours of fierce fighting on Saturday in which 25 troops and three FSA members ( including a commander ) were killed, the spokesman for Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Rami Abdel Rahman said.

“After capturing the village, the rebels raised the revolutionary flag over a former army checkpoint in the area,” he said

Abdel Rahman said fighting was continuing on the outskirts of the village, which is now a ghost town after most of its 4-6,000 inhabitants fled to safety in Turkey.

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