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TAFTANAZ, Syria -- Syrian helicopter gunships deployed from a nearby airbase kept rebel fighters pinned down in the town of Taftanaz of Idlib province on the border with Turkey on Saturday.
Artillery fire hit at least two houses in the morning, a rebel commander in Taftanaz who gave his name as Abu Omar told AFP, without reporting casualties, He said most of the town has been deserted for weeks.
Mi-17 and Mi-24 helicopters overflew Taftanaz throughout the day, as rebels in the small town took shelter inside houses, an AFP correspondent said.
Taftanaz is located two kilometres (just over a mile) from a major military airbase from where helicopters take off round the clock to pound rebel-held towns in the area.
On Wednesday, a group of rebels attacked the airbase but failed to take control of the site.