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US-backed forces retake IS hub in east Syria: monitor

US-backed forces retake IS hub in east Syria: monitorKurdish-dominated forces backed by air strikes by a US-led coalition retook full control of a key jihadist hub in eastern Syria on Friday, a war monitor said. The Syrian Democratic Forces secured Hajin, the largest settlement in what is the last pocket of territory controlled by the Islamic State group, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. “After a week of heavy fighting and air strikes, the SDF were able to kick IS out of Hajin,” Rami Abdel Rahman, the head of the Britain-based monitoring organisation, said.



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Rebels fire shells from Syria buffer despite heavy arms pullout: monitor

Rebels fire shells from Syria buffer despite heavy arms pullout: monitorRebels have fired mortar shells from a planned buffer zone in northwest Syria, a monitor said Sunday, days after they were meant to have withdrawn such weapons from the area. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights war monitor said rebels in the zone fired several “mortar shells at an army position in nearby Hama province, killing two soldiers” late Saturday. Also on Saturday, rebels shelled Aleppo province from other parts of the demilitarised area, with no casualties recorded, the Britain-based monitor said.



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Hundreds flee, fearing assault on Syria's Idlib: monitor

Hundreds flee, fearing assault on Syria's Idlib: monitorHundreds of civilians have fled villages near the front line in Syria’s Idlib province fearing an imminent regime assault on the country’s last major rebel bastion, a monitor said Thursday. Russia-backed government forces have been massing around the northwestern province for weeks, while on Tuesday Moscow carried out its first air strikes on the rebels in three weeks. Late on Wednesday, hundreds of villagers abandoned areas in the southeast of the province that lie close to government-held territory, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.



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Syria weapons depot blast kills 12 civilians: monitor

Syria weapons depot blast kills 12 civilians: monitorAn explosion of unknown origin at a weapons depot in the northwestern Syrian province of Idlib killed at least 12 civilians on Sunday, a war monitor said. An AFP correspondent at the site in the rebel-held town of Sarmada near the Turkish border said the explosion caused two buildings to collapse. On Sunday morning, rescue workers used a bulldozer to remove rubble and extract trapped people, the correspondent said.



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Fierce Syria bombardment kills 53 civilians: monitor

Fierce Syria bombardment kills 53 civilians: monitorAt least 53 civilians including 28 children, have been killed in fierce bombardment Friday that targeted rebel-held areas of northern Syria, a war monitor said updating an earlier toll. The air strikes and barrel bombs targeted the key opposition-held province of Idlib and a rebel town in the adjacent province of Aleppo, said the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. In a new toll Saturday, the war monitor said 41 civilians, including 25 children, were killed in the rebel town of Orum al-Kubra in Aleppo province while 12 civilians, three of them children, died in Idlib.



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Pro-regime Druze militia in Syria hangs IS member: monitor

Pro-regime Druze militia in Syria hangs IS member: monitorPro-government Druze militiamen hanged a member of the Islamic State group in Syria’s Sweida on Tuesday, a monitor said, just days after the jihadists executed a young hostage from the minority group. IS abducted more than 30 Druze civilians — women and their children — from a remote village less than two weeks ago, during a brutal onslaught in the southern province. “A member of IS was detained during an attack against a pro-regime position in the Sweida countryside,” said Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.



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36 women, children kidnapped by IS last week in Syria's Sweida: monitor

36 women, children kidnapped by IS last week in Syria's Sweida: monitorThe Islamic State group kidnapped dozens of Druze women and children when it attacked their villages last week in Syria’s southern province of Sweida, a monitor said Monday. More than 250 people were killed on Wednesday when IS carried out a string of suicide attacks and shootings in the provincial capital Sweida and villages to the north and east. “At least 36 Druze women and children were abducted after the attacks,” said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based monitor with a network of sources inside Syria.



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Regime reclaims more ground in south Syria: monitor

Regime reclaims more ground in south Syria: monitorA string of rebel-held locations in southern Syria passed into regime control Sunday as the government regained more ground under Russian-brokered deals, a war monitor said. Talks involving rebels, local officials and regime ally Russia saw agreements struck for four villages and a strategic town near the border with Jordan, extending government control to some 60 percent of the southern Daraa province, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. Since June 19, Russia-backed regime forces have ramped up bombardment against opposition fighters in southern Syria as Damascus pushes to retake the area.



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Air strikes on southern Syria kill 22 civilians: monitor

Air strikes on southern Syria kill 22 civilians: monitorA barrage of Russian air strikes on rebel-held areas of southern Syria killed 22 civilians on Thursday, a monitoring group said, most of them in a single battered town. “At least 35 Russian air strikes hit the town of Al-Mseifra,” the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. “One of them hit a basement where people were taking shelter, killing 17 civilians, including five children,” the Britain-based monitor said.



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Israeli missiles hit near Damascus Airport: SANA, monitor

Israeli missiles hit near Damascus Airport: SANA, monitorSyrian state news agency SANA said two Israeli missiles hit in the vicinity of Damascus international airport in the early hours of Tuesday morning, without giving further details. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Syrian air defense systems failed to intercept the missiles. The Britain-based war monitor said an explosion heard at 1 a.m. (2200 GMT Monday) near the airport was caused by missiles fired by Israeli planes from the direction of the Golan Heights.



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