(CNN) — Violence raged in Syria on Wednesday, and a key Iranian diplomat huddled with the country’s besieged president to discuss the conflict — now a year and a half old. One opposition group, the Local Coordination Committees of Syria, said the number of documented deaths exceeds 26,000 since March 2011.
Syrian rebels seized a crossing at the Turkish border Wednesday, tearing down the Syrian flag and ripping posters of President Bashar al-Assad, Turkish media reported.
Rebels fired into the air in celebration after taking control of a customs building at the Tal Abyad border gate, the Anadolu Agency reported. “Their kinsmen in Turkey joined them in their celebration from across the Turkish side of the border,” Anadolu said.