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Syria War: Fierce Battle for Key Town

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Qusair internet video (BBC video)

Fierce fighting has been reported in the strategic Syrian town of Qusair, as rebels and government forces backed by Hezbollah militants fight for control.

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The state news agency reported that the army had taken control of most of the town on Monday, and killed more than 100 of what it called "terrorists."

Activists denied that Qusair had been captured, but said some 50 people had died in heavy shelling since Sunday.

They also said at least 23 Hezbollah fighters from Lebanon had been killed.