Syrian regime forces were sent fleeing from Idlib's Saraqib after being driven out by moderate forces.
Turkey has eliminated more than 100 Syrian regime troops in swift retaliation for a deadly shelling that killed five of its soldiers in powderkeg Idlib province, Turkey's Defence Ministry says.
At least nine civilians were killed in Ibn Semaan village of Aleppo province, war monitor SOHR says, adding 20 other civilians were killed in neighbouring provinces of Idlib and Aleppo.
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.
Renewed violence tightened the noose around Syria's last major rebel-held bastion and deepened an already dire humanitarian crisis.
Idlib has come under mounting bombardment in recent weeks, displacing tens of thousands of people in the northwestern province, despite a truce brokered by Turkey and Russia.
"We are trying to prevent them with some measures, but it's not easy. It's difficult, they are humans too," Turkey's President Erdogan says, as crisis worsens in Syria's flashpoint Idlib province.
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.
The movement east of the Euphrates River is taking place under the Sochi deal which President Erdogan and President Putin signed amid Operation Peace Spring, Turkey's military action aimed at clearing the border area of the YPG/PKK terror group.
In a joint statement, the trio agrees to coordinate efforts to ensure Syria's security and stability after a trilateral summit in the Turkish capital, Ankara.
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.
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.
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