Syrian army presses on in Idlib province as death toll rises

The U.N. says over 550 civilians have been killed since the offensive on Idlib began in late April.

29 August 2019 | 14:21

Source: Associated Press

  • Source: Associated Press
  • Last update: 29 August 2019 | 14:21

This photo released by the opposition Syrian Civil Defense rescue group, also known as White Helmets, shows a civil defense worker inspecting destroyed buildings after airstrikes hit the town of Jarjnas, in Idlib province, Syria. (AP Photo)

BEIRUT: Syrian state-run media and a war monitor say government forces are pressing ahead with their military offensive in Idlib province, seizing a cluster of villages on the southeastern edges of the province.

The government-controlled Syrian Central Military Media reported on Thursday that troops captured three small villages in the area. Their next target appears to be the rebel-held town of Maaret al-Numan, which lies near the Damascus-Aleppo highway.

Idlib is the Syrian opposition’s final stronghold. The opposition Syrian Civil Defense group of first responders said airstrikes on Maaret al-Numan on Wednesday killed 12 people and wounded 34.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a war monitoring group, also reported 12 deaths.

The U.N. says over 550 civilians have been killed since the offensive on Idlib began in late April.

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