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    Smoke rises from the northwestern Syrian city of Idlib on March 26, 2015 following bombing by rebels. Islamist fighters have seized 17 checkpoints from Syrian forces in clashes around the city of Idlib that have cost at least 71 lives, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

    Militants Attack 13 Towns in Syrian Idlib De-escalation Zone

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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Militants attacked 13 towns in the northwestern Idlib de-escalation zone in Syria throughout the day, the Russian Defense Ministry’s centre for Syrian reconciliation said Sunday.

    “During the day militants attacked Hara (two times) in Aleppo province, al-Rasif in Hama province, Rwaiset Iskander, Aki Bair, Quldjuk, Qara Galiyah, Qalat Mazara, Beit Smara in Latakia province, Obu Omar, Niha, al-Sawater, Zhabiyah, al-Fhail in Idlib province,” the daily bulletin read.

    During the same period, the Russian military brought food to Hatla, a district of Deir ez-Zor in Syria’s east. The Russian ministry said it had distributed a total of 3,327 tonnes of humanitarian aid in the country since deliveries started.

    READ MORE: Three Civilians Killed in Syria As Result of Shelling by Terrorists — Reports

    Syria has been in a state of civil war since 2011, with the government forces fighting against numerous opposition groups and militant and terrorist organizations. Russia, alongside Turkey and Iran, is a guarantor of the ceasefire in Syria. Moscow has also been assisting Damascus through supporting the struggle against terrorist groups, providing humanitarian aid to the locals and facilitating the return of refugees.

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