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Air strikes kill 10 civilians in Syria

BEIRUT: Regime air strikes on Monday killed 10 civilians in Syria s last major opposition bastion, where deadly clashes between regime forces and armed groups have escalated in the past two days, a monitor said.The raids also wounded 15 civilians in a market in the town of Maaret al-Numan in the jihadist-run province of Idlib, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights added.That came as regime forces and armed groups were locked in heavy clashes on the southeastern edge of the region, with almost 100 fighters killed in two days, the Britain-based monitor said.The battles on the edge of Idlib since Saturday are the most deadly since a Russia-brokered ceasefire went into effect in late August, it said.The Syrian government does not usually divulge casualty figures.The Idlib region, home to around three million people including many displaced by Syria s eight-year civil war, is largely under the control of a group dominated by a former Al-Qaeda affiliate.It is one of the last holdouts of opposition to forces backing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.The president has long maintained that his government will eventually re-impose its control over the northwestern region on the border with Turkey.The late August ceasefire came months into a devastating Russia-backed regime offensive that killed around 1,000 civilians and ousted hundreds of thousands from their homes.

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