Syria

At Least 29 Dead in Syrian Government Attack on Idlib

In the north

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Syrian government troops pounded rebel-held villages around the northern city of Idlib with rockets, artillery and airstrikes, killing at least 29 people including six children, activists said Monday.

Having seized the momentum in recent months in Syria's civil war, President Bashar Assad's forces are on the offensive against the rebels on several fronts, including in Idlib province along the northern border with Turkey. Government forces are in firm control of the provincial capital, which goes by the same name, while dozens of rebel brigades control the countryside.