The Palestinians are divided over the crisis in Syria. When Syria’s unrest began in March 2011, the half-million-strong community struggled to stay on the sidelines. But in recent months, many Palestinians started supporting the uprising, although some insisted the opposition to the regime should be peaceful. A few groups with longstanding ties to the regime are fighting on the government side.
The Observatory also said the rebels and troops are still fighting in an infantry base in the northern city of Aleppo adding that opposition fighters have taken parts of it.
Syrian rebels have captured several large bases in areas near the Turkish border including the sprawling Sheik Suleiman base that was captured by rebels this week.
Activists also reported violence in other areas in the country including the village of Beit Saham, near Damascus’ international airport.
Associated Press writers Barbara Surk in Beirut, Sameer N. Yacoub in Baghdad and Dale Gavlak in Amman, Jordan, contributed to this report.