Syrian government forces deployed near the Damascus-Aleppo highway in the southern part of Syria's northern Aleppo province

Watchdog: 12 pro-regime, 6 rebel fighters die in Syria clashes

Another 17 government fighters wounded in a fire exchange with Jihadist and allies near the northern city of Latakia, said the Britain-based group Syrian Observatory for Human Rights

AFP |
Published: 08.03.20 , 21:59
Jihadists and allied rebels in northwestern Syria Monday killed at least 12 pro-regime fighters, thwarting their advance, a Britain-based war monitoring group said.
  • Follow Ynetnews on Facebook and Twitter

  • Another 17 pro-regime fighters were wounded while on the jihadist-led side six fighters died, said the Britain-based group Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
    Syrian government forces deploy near the Damascus-Aleppo highway in the southern part of Syria's northern Aleppo province Syrian government forces deploy near the Damascus-Aleppo highway in the southern part of Syria's northern Aleppo province
    Syrian government forces deployed near the Damascus-Aleppo highway in the southern part of Syria's northern Aleppo province
    (Photo: AFP)
    The forces loyal to President Bashar-al Assad had launched an attack with artillery and heavy gunfire in Syria's last major opposition bastion, said the war monitor.
    But the jihadist Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) alliance, headed by ex-leaders of Syria's former al-Qaeda affiliate, and their allies reportedly thwarted the advance.
    Four HTS and two other rebel fighters were killed in the clashes in a rural area of Latakia province, the monitor said.
    The HTS-led alliance also controls large areas of Idlib province and slivers of territory in neighboring Aleppo and Hama.
    The region they hold is home to some three million people, nearly half of whom have been displaced from other parts of the country.
    Syria's nine-year-old war has killed more than 380,000 people and displaced nearly half of the country's pre-war population.
    Russian military police forces patrol an area at Qamishli, northern Syria, Oct. 26 2019 Russian military police forces patrol an area at Qamishli, northern Syria, Oct. 26 2019
    Russian military police forces patrol an area at Qamishli, northern Syria, Oct. 26, 2019
    (Photo: EPA)
    The rebel-held area is a regular target of attacks by regime forces and their Russian and Iranian allies.
    A Russian-backed government offensive between December and March displaced nearly a million people in the region.
    A Moscow-backed ceasefire agreement in March has reduced violence in the area, but shelling and airstrikes by the regime and its backers continue.
    Russian airstrikes on the town of Binnish in Idlib province killed three people from the same family on Monday, according to the Observatory.
    Talkbacks for this article 0