Clashes kill 71 combatants in north-west Syria

Syrian regime forces and armed extremist and opposition groups clashed Thursday (July 11th) in north-west Syria after an advance led by Tahrir al-Sham killed 71 fighters overnight, AFP reported.

Russian and regime aircraft have ramped up their deadly bombardment of the Idlib region, largely controlled by extremist alliance Tahrir al-Sham, since late April.

Late Wednesday, Tahrir al-Sham and allied groups took control of Hamameyat village and hilltop, in clashes that killed 41 regime fighters and 30 fighters within the alliance's own ranks, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

"The fighting is ongoing as regime planes and artillery pound the area," Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman said Thursday morning.

Naji Mustafa, a spokesman for the National Liberation Front opposition grouping, which is allied with Tahrir al-Sham, said: "The hill is very strategic because it overlooks... supply routes to enemy forces."

Russian airstrikes killed one civilian in the town of Latamneh and opposition artillery fire took the life of one woman in the regime-held area of Karnaz, the Observatory said.

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