Mar. 9 - Extensive fighting between rebel soldiers and government forces in the north Syrian town of Morek. Rough cut (no reporter narration)
ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION Rebel soldiers said they had taken control of the Syrian town of Morek in the central Hama province on Saturday (March 8) after two weeks of clashes. The town, which is controlled by regime forces, is considered important due to its strategic position, enabling Assad forces to use its roads for supplies and reinforcements. But while clashes were continuing, the rebels said they now had control of key posts in the town. Syria's civil war has killed over 140,000 people since it started three years ago as a peaceful protest movement against four decades of rule by the family of President Bashar al-Assad. The conflict has become increasingly tangled as rebel groups - including many hardline Islamist factions - have turned on one another, leading to clashes that have killed thousands of people this year alone.