Rebels repel Syrian government forces’ push into south Idlib Aug 14, 2019 0 326 12345 Beirut: Syrian rebels managed to repel Syrian troops who tried to push into the southern countryside of north-western Idlib province on Tuesday as part of a campaign for key rebel-held areas, including the stronghold of Khan Sheikhoun.Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, told dpa that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces were focusing their offensive on a small area called Tarai, which lies east of Khan Sheikhoun.Khan Sheikhoun, the largest town in the south of Idlib, is located on the international M5 Aleppo-Damascus highway, which also passes through Homs.The government’s attempts to take Tarai had been repelled, Abdel Rahman said. He added that rebels had managed to ambush government forces as they were trying to move into Tarai and had killed 13 of the advancing forces. The watchdog said this is the second attempt in the last 24 hours by the troops to take Tarai, adding that nine rebels were also killed.Abdel Rahman warned earlier that, if the government takes Khan Sheikhoun, “rebels in the area of northern Hama countryside will be in [a] difficult position. Either they will have to withdraw or fight till the end, as they will be under siege.” “There have been heavy confrontations in Tarai since Monday,” said Brigadier Abu Salem, spokesman of the Jaish al-Ezze group, which controls areas in Hama. (DPA) RELATED ARTICLES Ebola ‘no longer incurable’ as Congo trial finds drugs boost survival Aug 14, 2019 0 705 Iran says Britain might release oil tanker soon, Gibraltar says not yet Aug 14, 2019 0 463 Burundian YouTube child star’s death spotlights malaria epidemic Aug 14, 2019 0 626 Egypt hosts Sudan protest leaders ahead of landmark deal AFP Cairo Egypt wrapped up a two-day summit with Sudan’s main protest leaders on Tuesday, its foreign ministry said, days before they are due to sign an agreement paving the way for civilian rule in the country. The .. 13 killed when cattle rustlers attack village in South Sudan Juba: At least 13 people were killed when a heavily-armed group attacked a village and stole hundreds of cattle in central South Sudan, a local official said. The attackers wounded seven others and stole about 230 cattle .. Houthi explosive-laden drone ‘fell’ inside Yemen: Saudi-led coalition DUBAI: The Saudi-led coalition fighting the Houthis in Yemen said an explosive-laden drone launched on Tuesday by the group in the direction of Saudi Arabia had fallen inside Yemeni territory.The Iran-aligned Houthis .. Israel deports Filipina worker, Israeli-born son Jerusalem: Israel has deported a Filipina migrant worker and her Israeli-born teenage son who has never set foot in the Philippines, after 11th hour legal appeals failed, a rights group and authorities said on Tuesday. .. Clashes kill 59 fighters in northwest Syria: Monitor AFP Beirut Clashes between regime loyalists and insurgents in rebel-held northwest Syria killed 59 combatants on Tuesday, a war monitor said. Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), a jihadist group led by Syria’s former Al-Qaeda .. Iran reports uranium enrichment has reached 4.5% TEHRAN: Iran says it has enriched 370 kilogrammes of uranium to a concentration of 4.5 percent, both of which would be in violation of the 2015 nuclear deal reached with global powers. Behrouz Kamalvandi, a spokesman for ..