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Crowds in Syria toppled a statue of President Bashar al-Assad's father, opposition sources and a resident said.
Syrian opposition fighters have captured the northeastern city of Raqqa, according to Reuters.
The fall of Raqqa on the Euphrates River would be a significant development in the two-year-old revolt against Assad.
The rebels do not claim to hold any other provincial capitals.
Rebel fighters said loyalist forces were still dug in at the provincial airport 60 km (40 miles) from Raqqa and they remained a threat.
A resident said that a Syrian military intelligence compound in the town was surrounded by anti-Assad fighters.
Syrian opposition fighters have captured the eastern city of Raqqa, the region's representative at the opposition Syrian National Coalition told Reuters.
If confirmed, the fall of the provincial capital, on the Euphrates River 160 km (100 miles) east of Aleppo, would make it the first major city taken by the opposition since a revolt against President Bashar al-Assad broke out two years ago.
A resident also said the city had fallen and said a Syrian military intelligence compound in the city centre was surrounded by rebels.
He added that crowds had pulled down a statue of President Assad's father in the main square nearby.