Clashes in north-west Syria kill more than 90
Beirut (dpa) – About 96 people have died in north-western Syria during heavy battles in the last 48 hours, a war monitor reported on Monday.
According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), regime forces, supported by Russian and Syrian fighter jets, clashed with rebel groups on several fronts in the south-eastern countryside of Idlib during the weekend.
The Britian-based watchdog said it’s the heaviest loss of life since a Russian-brokered ceasefire came into effect in late August.
According to activists based in Idlib, the battles and the heavy airstrikes by Syrian government forces led to a new wave of displacement from the south-eastern countryside of Idlib towards near the border between Syria and Turkey.
They added that areas in the south-eastern countryside were subjected to hundreds of airstrikes since Friday.
Idlib is a largely opposition-held province near the Turkish border.
On April 30, the Syrian government, supported by Russian air power, began a massive military offensive against rebels in the provinces of Hama and Idlib, forcing thousands of people to flee.
Government forces have since regained 66 areas in the southern section of Idlib and the northern countryside of Hama from rebels.
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