Activists say Syrian rebels have captured an oilfield in the country's east after three days of fierce fighting with government troops protecting the facility. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights' chief Rami Abdul-Rahman says rebels overran the al-Ward oilfield in the province of Deir el-Zour near the border with Iraq today.
An activist in the area says the field was still functioning until shortly before the rebels seized it. Syria exported some 150,000 barrels of oil a day before European and US imposed sanctions last year. In 2010, Syria earned $4.4 billion by selling oil to EU countries alone.