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.
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