Fighting in Syria’s Idlib Kills at Least 60 Fighters

Syrian Observatory says 29 troops, 31 rebels killed

Heavy fighting has continued to rage in the southern part of the northern Syrian Idlib Province, where Turkish-backed rebels, and al-Qaeda, are trying to slow a military advance which is pushing them away from a key highway.

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, at least 60 fighters have been killed on Tuesday, 29 from the pro-government forces and 31 rebels and jihadists. The government forces repelled the Islamists from a counter-offensive.

In addition to the combatant deaths, the Observatory also estimated 10 civilians were killed across Idlib on Tuesday, all of them attributed to various Syrian airstrikes in the area.

Control of the highway is a top priority for Syria, as a highway connects the capital of Damascus with the major northern city of Aleppo. The government controls both cities, but wants a main highway connecting the two.

Author: Jason Ditz

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