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.
War monitor SOHR says regime push "is an attempt to get closer to Maaret al Numan" in Idlib province which Russia and regime have intensely bombed fuelling exodus of Syrians, many of whom Turkey's President Erdogan says are marching towards Turkey.
Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says seven children are among those killed in air raids in Idlib and Hama provinces. Separately, a suicide bomber killed six regime soldiers in southern Daraa province.
UK-based monitoring group says nine women and two children were among the dead, and 32 others have been injured.
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