A pro-government Syrian newspaper says opposition fighters have killed 115 policemen and wounded 50 in a battle over a police academy in the country's north.

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A pro-government Syrian newspaper says opposition fighters have killed 115 policemen and wounded 50 in a battle over a police academy in the country’s north.

The daily Al-Watan reported on Monday that “terrorists committed a massacre” at the academy near the northern city of Aleppo.

On Sunday, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the rebels seized the academy in Khan al-Asal after entering the sprawling government complex with captured tanks.

It said the battle left at least 120 soldiers and 80 rebels dead.

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The Syrian conflict started in March 2011 as a popular uprising against President Bashar Assad’s authoritarian rule, then turned into a full-blown civil war.

The United Nations estimates that 70,000 people have been killed in the fighting.

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