Syrian rebels attack airbase before opposition conference

Syrian rebel fighters have said they launched an attack on Taftanaz military airport in the northern province of Idlib, cutting off Syria's biggest city Aleppo from the capital Damascus.

The Syrian government has used Taftanaz to fuel helicopter gunships and fighter jets that have bombarded nearby villages. The incident comes a day before an opposition conference begins in Qatar.


Explosion near hotel in Syria

Syrian state television has reported a "terrorist explosion" near a hotel and government-run labour union in capital Damascus, according to Reuters.