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Rami Abdul-Rahman, who heads the Observatory, said the station receives crude oil from the nearby province of Hassakha and then pumps it to Homs, home to one of Syria’s two oil refineries.

Rebels have captured in the past months several oil fields in the eastern province of Deir el-Zour, which borders Iraq. The Observatory said the rebels also captured a military post that used to protect the station.

The Observatory also reported that rebels fought battles with Syrian troops near the border with Jordan and around a major military industrial area in the town of al-Safira in Aleppo. It added that rebels shot down a helicopter in Idlib, in the northwest.