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Hind Al Soulia - Riyadh - MAARET AL-NUMAN, Syria — Regime forces have seized dozens of towns and villages in northwest Syria from militants following days of violent clashes, fueling an exodus of civilians, a war monitor said on Sunday.
The fresh advances in Idlib came as Russian warplanes continued to pummel the province's south, killing nine civilians who were trying to escape the flashpoint area on Sunday, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
The ground assault by loyalists of Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime brings them closer to capturing one of the largest urban centers in Syria's last major opposition bastion.
"This push is an attempt to get closer to Maaret Al-Numan," Observatory head Rami Abdul Rahman said.
Residents of the southern Idlib town flooded out of the area, fearing further advances, a correspondent there said.
According to the Observatory, more than 30,000 people had fled the flashpoint area in southern Idlib in recent days. More than 40 civilians were reportedly killed in the region in the past week.
Abu Akram, a resident, said rescue workers and local relief groups were struggling to get families out.
"Everybody is working at full capacity but they can't handle such a large number of people," the father of five said after he could not find a vehicle to drive his own family further north.
The militant-dominated Idlib region hosts some three million people, including many displaced by years of violence in other parts of Syria.
The Damascus regime, a Russian ally, has repeatedly vowed to take back the area and bombardment has continued despite a ceasefire announced in August, claiming the lives of more than 290 civilians and hundreds of fighters from both sides.
Heightened regime and Russian bombardment on the Maaret Al-Numan region since December 16 has forced tens of thousands of vulnerable people to flee their homes, according to the United Nations.
The UN has called for "immediate de-escalation" and warned of further mass displacement if the violence continues.
"Nowhere is safe. If we stay inside our homes, or if we flee outside, we will die either way," said Abu Akram.
Damascus loyalists have since Thursday been locked in battles with militants and allied rebels, seizing a total of 29 towns and villages from their control, according to the Britain-based Observatory.
Four days of fighting has killed 110 militants and rebels, as well as 77 regime loyalists, added the monitor, which relies on sources inside Syria for its reports.
The Idlib region is controlled by the country's former Al-Qaeda affiliate, Hayat Tahrir Al-Sham.
Pro-government forces launched a blistering offensive against the region in April, killing around 1,000 civilians and displacing more than 400,000 people from their homes.
On Sunday evening, Syrian anti-aircraft defense fired on Israeli missiles, hitting one that fell outside Damascus, the official Syrian news agency Sana reported.
According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, there were three explosions in the Damascus suburbs after the missiles targeted "Syrian regime and Iranian positions".
An Israeli army spokeswoman said it would not comment on reports in foreign media.
Since the beginning of the Syrian conflict in 2011, the Israeli army has conducted hundreds of strikes on Syrian territory against Iranian targets and pro-Tehran militias, who are allied with the Assad regime.
Russia and China on Friday vetoed a UN Security Council resolution that would have extended for a year cross-border aid deliveries to four million Syrians, many of them in Idlib.
The move raised fears that UN-funded assistance could stop entering opposition-held parts of Syria from January unless an alternative agreement is reached.
Syria's war has killed over 370,000 people and displaced millions since beginning in 2011 with the brutal repression of anti-government protests. — AFP
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