BEIRUT (AP) — Activists say Syrian rebels have captured the governor of northern Raqqa province as opposition fighters try to overrun the last remaining pockets of loyalist forces in the provincial capital.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says rebels captured Hassan Jalili after clashes overnight near the governor's mansion in Raqqa city.
The Observatory's director, Rami Abdul-Rahman, said Tuesday that Jalili is the highest-ranking official to fall into rebel hands since the Syrian crisis began nearly two years ago.
Syrian rebels have pushed government troops from most of the provincial capital, although the Observatory says clashes are still taking place in several places in the city.
If the opposition were to seize control of all of Raqqa, it would mark the first time an entire city has fallen into rebel hands.