Syrian army says retakes key northwest town

A drone picture taken on December 23, 2019 shows empty streets and damaged buildings in the town of Maaret Al-Numan in the northwestern Idlib province. (AFP)

Syrian government forces on Wednesday recaptured the onetime protest town of Maaret al-Numan from terrorists and allied rebels, the army said, returning for the first time in seven years.

“Our forces managed in the past few days to stamp out terrorism in many villages and towns,” including Maaret al-Numan, a spokesman said in a televised statement.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 10:05 - GMT 07:05