Updated Tuesday, December 25, 2012 at 06:58 AM
Activists say Syrian rebels have fully captured a northern town near the Turkish border after weeks of siege and heavy fighting.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the rebels captured Harem in Idlib province in the early hours of Tuesday.
Mohammed Kanaan, an Idlib-based activist, said the last post to be taken in the town was the historic citadel that the army had turned into a military post.
"Harem is fully liberated now," Kanaan he said via Skype.
Rebels have taken wide areas along the border with Turkey over the past months.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, right, meets with UN Arab League deputy to Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi in Damascus, Syria, Monday, Dec. 24.