AVN 65.41 Increased By ▲ 0.41 (0.63%)
BAFL 31.25 Increased By ▲ 0.10 (0.32%)
BOP 4.76 Increased By ▲ 0.05 (1.06%)
CNERGY 3.94 Increased By ▲ 0.06 (1.55%)
DFML 13.55 Decreased By ▼ -0.15 (-1.09%)
DGKC 41.42 Increased By ▲ 0.15 (0.36%)
EPCL 46.43 Decreased By ▼ -0.26 (-0.56%)
FCCL 11.33 Decreased By ▼ -0.09 (-0.79%)
FFL 5.07 Increased By ▲ 0.03 (0.6%)
FLYNG 5.85 Increased By ▲ 0.03 (0.52%)
GGL 9.95 No Change ▼ 0.00 (0%)
HUBC 64.98 Increased By ▲ 0.88 (1.37%)
HUMNL 5.70 Increased By ▲ 0.05 (0.88%)
KAPCO 27.98 Increased By ▲ 0.18 (0.65%)
KEL 2.16 Increased By ▲ 0.03 (1.41%)
LOTCHEM 24.60 Increased By ▲ 0.30 (1.23%)
MLCF 21.59 Increased By ▲ 0.19 (0.89%)
NETSOL 84.85 Increased By ▲ 0.65 (0.77%)
OGDC 87.88 Decreased By ▼ -0.06 (-0.07%)
PAEL 11.12 Increased By ▲ 0.22 (2.02%)
PIBTL 4.23 Increased By ▲ 0.05 (1.2%)
PPL 77.40 Decreased By ▼ -0.30 (-0.39%)
PRL 13.74 Increased By ▲ 0.12 (0.88%)
SILK 0.89 No Change ▼ 0.00 (0%)
SNGP 41.84 Decreased By ▼ -0.09 (-0.21%)
TELE 5.93 Increased By ▲ 0.06 (1.02%)
TPLP 15.80 Increased By ▲ 0.02 (0.13%)
TRG 112.30 No Change ▼ 0.00 (0%)
UNITY 13.92 Decreased By ▼ -0.03 (-0.22%)
WTL 1.15 Increased By ▲ 0.02 (1.77%)
BR100 4,065 Increased By 16.9 (0.42%)
BR30 14,523 Increased By 56.1 (0.39%)
KSE100 40,768 Increased By 95.4 (0.23%)
KSE30 15,256 Increased By 65.7 (0.43%)
World

NW Syria clashes kill 48 in highest toll since truce: monitor

A truce since March 6 had largely stemmed fighting in Syria's last major rebel bastion of Idlib after a months-long
Published May 10, 2020
Follow us
  • A truce since March 6 had largely stemmed fighting in Syria's last major rebel bastion of Idlib after a months-long regime assault that killed hundreds of civilians and forced almost a million to flee.
  • Tens of thousands have returned to their hometowns.
  • Syria's war has killed more than 380,000 people and displaced millions since starting in 2011 with the brutal repression of anti-government protests.

BEIRUT: Clashes in northwest Syria killed 48 regime fighters and militants Sunday in the highest such death toll since the start of a two-month-old ceasefire there, a monitor said.

A truce since March 6 had largely stemmed fighting in Syria's last major rebel bastion of Idlib after a months-long regime assault that killed hundreds of civilians and forced almost a million to flee.

But before dawn on Sunday rebels attacked the positions of pro-regime fighters on the western flank of the militant-dominated region, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The clashes in the Sahl al-Ghab area killed 35 regime fighters as well as 13 militant including from the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Hurras al-Deen group, the Britain-based monitor said.

"It's the highest death toll for fighters since the truce came into force," said Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman, who relies on sources inside Syria.

"There had been intermittent clashes and mutual bombardment between both sides before, but this is the most violent attack yet."

Abdel Rahman said clashes were ongoing after dark on Sunday night.

The Idlib region of some three million people is dominated by the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham group led by Syria's former Al-Qaeda affiliate, but other militant such as Hurras al-Deen and rebel groups are also present.

The truce brokered by regime ally Russia and rebel backer Turkey has kept Syrian and Russian warplanes out of the region's skies, and largely held despite sporadic clashes or rocket fire.

Tens of thousands have returned to their hometowns.

Hundreds of thousands of others remain in crowded displacement camps or in temporary shelters near the Turkish border.

Aid groups have warned that any outbreak of the novel coronavirus there would be devastating.

Syria's war has killed more than 380,000 people and displaced millions since starting in 2011 with the brutal repression of anti-government protests.

Comments

Comments are closed.

NW Syria clashes kill 48 in highest toll since truce: monitor

Intra-day update: rupee maintains positive momentum against US dollar

Fitch says PKR to further weaken

IMF revises GDP growth projections downward

Govt plans to convert Rs800bn PHL debt into public debt

Paracetamol: govt to allow increase in price

Former CM Parvez Elahi claims his residence raided by police

Jul-Dec: govt has borrowed $5.595bn

Country braces for fuel shortages?

Nepra FCA decision: Power Div proposes revision

KE, Discos: Nepra approves negative tariff adjustments