Militants set off car bombs, storm army positions in Syria's Idlib: SANA


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SULAIMANI — Militants in Syria set off car bombs and used heavy gunfire to storm army positions in Idlib on Thursday, state news agency SANA reported.

The militant attack forced the army to redeploy and clashes were ongoing, SANA added.

Russia’s defense ministry said that up to 40 Syrian soldiers had been killed and 80 others were wounded, according to a report by Interfax news agency.

The militants seized two settlements in one of the offensives, Russia’s defense ministry was quoted as saying.

Idlib is the last rebel-held swathe of territory in the country and hundreds of thousands of people in the area have fled in recent weeks amid heavy airstrikes by Russian and Syrian forces.

(NRT Digital Media/Reuters)