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Syrian regime forces advancing towards the city of Maarat al-Numan

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights announced that the forces of the Syrian regime advanced on Friday towards the city of Maarat al-Numan, whose control is a major goal of the regime, after fighting with militant and jihadist factions that killed 23 members.

The observatory said that the forces of the regime had taken control of the eastern villages of Deir al-Sharqi and the western monastery of Idlib’s southeastern countryside, and were now 4 kilometers from the city of Maarat al-Numan.

This city, which is controlled by jihadists, is the last major stronghold outside the control of Damascus, and its recovery is a major objective of the system, according to the observatory.

The observatory indicated that the eastern and Deir Al-Gharbi towns are considered “the key to controlling the city of Maarat al-Numan from the southeast, because of the high hills.”

He pointed out that the battles that took place to control the two towns resulted in the killing of 7 regime forces and 16 fighters from the fighting and jihadist factions.

The head of the observatory, Rami Abdel Rahman, said that President Bashar al-Assad’s forces can now launch mortar attacks on Ma`rat al-Numan from the hills in the two villages.

The Syrian regime forces, with the support of the Russian air force, have intensified their attacks in southern Idlib governorate since December.

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