Syria crisis: Idlib 'captured by Islamist groups'

تم نشره في Mon 30 March / Mar 2015. 09:53 AM

Islamist rebels have captured the north-western Syrian city of Idlib from government forces, monitors say.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that the Ahrar al-Sham, Jund al-Aqsa and Nusra Front groups had taken the city on Saturday.

Idlib is only the second provincial centre to fall into rebel hands, after Raqqa was seized by Islamic State (IS).

Syria's civil war, which began four years ago, has killed more than 200,000 Syrians and displaced 11 million.

The UK-based observatory said the militant groups seized the city after four days of intense fighting.

Syria has not confirmed the loss.

State television said: "The army is fighting fierce battles to restore the situation back to what it was." (BBC)