Syr­ian army be­sieges rebels in Idlib, ac­tivists say

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BEIRUT — Syr­ian gov­ern­ment forces march­ing from dif­fer­ent di­rec­tions in south­ern parts of the op­po­si­tion-con­trolled prov­ince of Idlib met around sun­set Wed­nes­day, lay­ing siege to sev­eral rebel-held towns and vil­lages as well as a Turk­ish army post, a Syr­ian op­po­si­tion war mon­i­tor and pro-gov­ern­ment ac­tivists said.

The rapid ad­vance by the Syr­ian army in the north­west­ern prov­ince marks a ma­jor blow for in­sur­gents in their last re­main­ing strong­hold in Idlib, which has been sub­jected to a gov­ern­ment of­fen­sive for the past three months.

The new gains by the gov­ern­ment came amid in­tense aerial and ground bom­bard­ments dur­ing which troops ad­vanced in south­ern parts of Idlib, which is home to some 3 mil­lion peo­ple, many of them dis­placed by fight­ing in other parts of the coun­try.

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