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Army, rebels clash in northern Syria

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A family leaves their house after the building was hit by a Syrian Army tank in Idlib, northern Syria, on March 4, 2012.

 

Rodrigo Abd / AP

Free Syrian Army fighters pose for a portrait at their headquarters in Idlib on March 4, 2012.

Syrian activists reported clashes between rebel fighters and government troops in the northern Idlib province Sunday, The Associated Press reports. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said one soldier was killed and that the army was raiding homes in nearby villages following the rebel capture of an intelligence officer.

Saudi Arabia said that Syrians have a right to take up arms to defend themselves against the regime and accused the Damascus government of "imposing itself by force", as concerns mounted over a humanitarian crisis.