August 19, 2019 / 9:14 PM / a month ago

Syrian government forces march into Khan Sheikhoun in Idlib – Observatory, rebel source

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian army troops and their allies entered Khan Sheikhoun in northwest Syria, advancing against insurgents in the town where ground battles raged on Monday night, a monitor and a rebel source said.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based war monitoring group, said the army seized the town’s northern and eastern districts. The source, from one of the rebel factions there, said pro-government forces entered only part of the town and rebels were waging fierce battles to fend them off.

Reporting by Ellen Francis in Beirut; Editing by Matthew Lewis

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