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A handout picture shows Syrian Army soldiers passing through the captured villages outskirts of Maaret Al Numan. SANA/AFP
Syria government forces on Wednesday recaptured the onetime protest town of Maaret Al Numan from militant 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.
Seven of them were killed in the village of Sarja, which lies in Idlib province, most of which is controlled by Hayat Tahrir Al Sham, a group dominated by former members of Al Qaeda's Syria affiliate.
Government planes and helicopters launched more than 280 strikes on Sunday and Russian jets had carried out 15, said Director of the Observatory.
The battles in the northwestern province of Idlib are the most violent there since a Russian-brokered ceasefire agreement went into effect in late August, said the head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
The Syrian regime and Russia have stepped up their deadly raids on the Idlib region since late April, despite an international deal intended to prevent a full-scale offensive on the area of some three million people.
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Both centres were temporarily shut down for the public safety and health, and they will be opened later after ensuring all conditions and requirements are complied with.