War monitor said that Syrian regime forces and insurgents fought fierce battles that left dozens dead in the country's northwest, as the regime tried to regain control of two villages they lost earlier this month.
Despite submitting their coordinates to third parties as part of the UN’s ‘deconfliction system’, some 26 Syrian healthcare facilities appear to have been targeted in deliberate attacks, the UN has reported.
The Syrian regime has been accused of using chemical weapons, including in an alleged chlorine attack on north-west Syria on May 19. The regime has denied the allegations.
Russian news agencies quoted military sources on Wednesday as saying Ankara and Kremlin agreed on a ceasefire in the de-escalation zone of the governorate of Idlib in north-western Syria.
The Russian-backed Syria regime has been pressing an assault on opposition and rebel strongholds with air attacks and ground battles which have already forced tens of thousands to leave their homes.
The State Department said it was assessing indications that the regime used chemical weapons on Sunday during its offensive in Idlib, the most significant remaining holdout of rebels.
Turkish and Russian defence ministers discussed measures to reduce tension in Idlib as Syria's northwestern region comes under increasing fire by the regime and its ally Russia.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says a dozen overnight air raids by regime forces and Russia on the southern edge of Idlib province killed six civilians.
Syrian state media say militants have attacked a military post belonging to the regime forces in the country's northwest, setting off clashes that killed three people.
Presidents of Turkey and Russia vow to establish peace in Syria's Idlib region, increase bilateral trade, and speed S-400 missile delivery, during high-level talks in Moscow.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 17 people were killed in the last 24 hours by Syrian regime shelling in the northwest.
Hundreds of thousands of civilians have been killed or displaced in the conflict, mainly by regime airstrikes targeting opposition-held areas.
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