Regime airstrikes continue in northwest Syria

Syrian regime aircraft on Thursday (May 23rd) bombed several towns in northwestern Syria, killing five civilians, as troops and militia battled extremists on the ground, AFP reported.

The new bombardment of the largely extremist-controlled region of Idlib followed strikes on Tuesday night and Wednesday that killed 23 civilians, 12 of them at a busy market.

In neighbouring Hama province, regime forces battled for a third day to repel an extremist counterattack around the town of Kafr Nabuda, leaving 15 combatants dead, 11 of them extremists, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Syrian regime forces retook the town on May 8th, but the extremists retook most of it on Wednesday, the Observatory said.

More than 100 combatants have been killed in the fighting around Kafr Nabuda since Tuesday.

Tahrir al-Sham controls much of Idlib as well as adjacent slivers of Aleppo, Hama and Latakia provinces.

The extremist-dominated region is nominally protected by a buffer zone deal, but the regime and Russia have escalated their bombardment in recent weeks, seizing several towns on its southern flank.

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