Ongoing clashes in Syria left 107 dead since yesterday: Monitor

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The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Monday that 107 people died since the beginning of clashes in Syria yesterday, adding that 54 were from the Syrian regime’s side and 53 from the armed opposition and civilians.

In Idlib, 15 Syrians died after Russian airplanes hit several areas and families trying to flee to other areas.

Syrian government forces pressed ahead Monday with a new military assault on the country’s last rebel stronghold that began last week. The offensive has triggered a mass exodus of civilians fleeing to safer areas near the Turkish border.

Under the cover of airstrikes and heavy shelling, Syrian troops have been pushing into the northwestern province of Idlib toward a major opposition-held town, Maaret al-Numan. The town sits on a key highway linking the capital Damascus with the northern city of Aleppo, Syria’s largest.

Idlib province is dominated by al-Qaida-linked militants. It's also home to three million civilians, and the United Nations has warned of the growing risk of a humanitarian catastrophe along the Turkish border.

Residents of villages and towns in southern parts of Idlib province have been fleeing with their belongings in trucks, cars and on motorcycles.

With AP.

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