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MAJDAL ANJAR, Lebanon (AP) — Along with some 20 other Syrian children, 13-year-old Anas braves rain, mud and cold to attend class in a tent pitched along Lebanon's border with Syria, the home of a Syrian refugee family that serves as a classroom for four hours each day.
Syrian troops advanced Saturday in the key rebel bastion of Yabrud as the country's civil war entered its fourth year, with more than 146,000 dead, millions displaced and peace efforts stalled. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an NGO, said army forces were advancing with support from Lebanon's Shiite movement Hezbollah, a staunch regime ally. A military source said "fierce clashes" were taking place between army and rebel forces inside Yabrud. Syria's state television broadcast images of the town from its outskirts, reporting that "the Syrian army is progressing in the town."