Local media and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Syrian regime forces took control of the city of Maarat al Numan located in the northwestern province of Idlib.
Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says heavily-bombarded Maarat al Numan "is nearly besieged," with residents of several villages scurrying for safety in the northwest of the country.
An intensified bombardment by Russian forces and the Syrian regime has pushed thousands of people to flee to the border with Turkey, residents and rescue workers are saying.
The air strikes and artillery shelling targeted the village of Basqala and nearby places, according to the Syrian Civil Defence rescue group, also known as White Helmets.
Syrian regime forces bomb market places, kill at least 50 civilians and wound dozens of others
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