June 28 - Amateur video purports to show Syrian rebels blowing up two high-rise buildings on Friday (June 28) which had flanked an army post in the strategically important southern city of Deraa. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
STORY: Syrian rebels said they overran a major military checkpoint in Deraa on Friday (June 28) and hoped it would allow them to capture the southern city, the cradle of their 27-month-old uprising. Activists uploaded video to a social media website showing what they say are fighters blowing up two high-rise buildings which had flanked the army post, flattening the entire area in a cloud of dust. Reuters cannot independently verify the content of the video. The Syrian conflict began in Deraa as a peaceful protest movement against President Bashar al-Assad's rule, but has spread across the country and degenerated into civil war. More than 100,000 people have died, according to the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which works with a network of activists across Syria. Rami Abdulrahman, the head of the Observatory, said the fall of the army post on Friday was strategically significant for Deraa, where protesters first marched against four decades of Assad family rule in March 2011. Local opposition activists were more upbeat, saying rebels had destroyed nearly all of the military's 48 posts in the city and had forced soldiers to retreat.