Syrian army advances in west after Russian strikes
The Syrian army backed by allied militia has advanced in western Syria after heavy Russian air strikes in areas around the main highway running through major cities, a group monitoring the war said on Sunday.
After deadly clashes, the military and Lebanese Hezbollah militiamen took control of Tal Skik, a highland area in Idlib province close to insurgent-held positions along the highway, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
Syria’s state news agency SANA said Tal Skik was now under Syrian army control after an “extensive military operation” on the ground backed by Russia air strikes against “terrorist organisations” in the area.
It said the military had destroyed weapons, ammunition and equipment during the offensive and 50 enemy fighters had been killed in the air strikes. The Observatory and Lebanon-based TV channel al-Mayadeen said a senior Hezbollah fighter had been killed in the clashes.
The fighter was the head of Hezbollah’s operations in Idlib province and was killed in the provincial countryside on Saturday, a security source with knowledge of events in Syria said. ReutersRussia, Syrian army