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Syria regime forces recapture most of key rebel-held town

Syria regime forces recapture most of key rebel-held town

AFP
Beirut
Regime forces on Tuesday recaptured most of Maaret al-Numan, a semi-deserted town of symbolic and strategic importance in Syria’s last major rebel-held bastion, state media and a war monitor said.
“The Syrian army has retaken most neighbourhoods in Maaret al-Numan” and are now combing recaptured areas, said state news agency SANA, shortly after Damascus loyalists entered the town in the northwest province of Idlib for the first time in eight years.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that most rebels and jihadists had pulled out after regime forces stormed the town from multiple fronts earlier in the day. It said regime forces were left battling the few fighters that remained holed-up in the area, which has been under opposition control since 2012.