Clashes kill 59 fighters in northwest Syria: Monitor Aug 14, 2019 0 329 12345 AFPBeirutClashes 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 affiliate, has since January controlled most of Idlib province as well as parts of neighbouring Hama, Aleppo and Latakia provinces.Several other armed rebel groups also operate in the region.Fighting in southern Idlib and rural Latakia on Tuesday claimed the lives of 29 pro-government forces as well as 30 jihadists and allied rebels, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. It came as regime warplanes pummelled the Idlib region with air strikes, killing three civilians in the town of Khan Sheikhoun, the Britain-based monitor added.Regime forces and anti-government fighters have been caught in fierce battles in the region for days, as the former presses with an advance toward a strip straddling the Hama and Idlib governorates.On Sunday, regime forces seized the town of Al-Habeet in Idlib’s southern countryside, in their first major ground advance in the province since an escalation on the jihadist-dominated enclave more than three months ago.The region was supposed to be protected from a massive government offensive by a Turkish-Russian buffer zone deal struck last September. But it has come under increasing bombardment by Damascus and its backer Moscow since the end of April that has killed 816 civilians, according to the Observatory.The violence has also pushed 400,000 people from their homes, according to the United Nations.Syria’s conflict has killed over 370,000 people and displaced millions since it started with the brutal repression of anti-government protests in 2011. 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. .. Rebels repel Syrian government forces’ push into south Idlib 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 .. 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 ..