Syrian army kills 300 militants in Idlib province
Daesh currently controls parts of Syria and Iraq. (AFP/File)
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Syrian troops have killed more than 300 foreign-backed militants and injured hundreds of others in a large-scale military operation in the northwestern Idlib province, which broke the nearly month-long siege of the Jisr al-Shughour Hospital.
Syria's air force on Friday launched strikes against Daesh militants that had laid a siege on the hospital where Syrian soldiers were stranded since April, Syria's state news agency SANA reported Sunday.
On Saturday, Syrian airstrikes targeted armed militants in the town of al-Kfeir in southern Jisr al-Shghour as well as in the Bishlamoun and Eshtabraq neighborhoods in Idlib.
The development came as Syrian troops, backed by the Lebanese resistance movement, Hezbollah, advanced further against Takfiri al-Nusra Front terrorists in the Qalamoun region near Syria-Lebanon border.
More than 310 square kilometers of territory has been liberated from the terrorists in the Qalamoun battle, with many arms depots, operation rooms, factories manufacturing booby traps and hideouts of the militants destroyed in the mountainous region.
Syria has been grappling with a foreign-backed militancy since March 2011. The violence fueled by Islamist groups has so far claimed the lives of an estimated 220,000 people, according to reports.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) says over 7.2 million people have been internally displaced, and more than 3 million have been forced to flee the country.
Daesh currently controls parts of Syria and Iraq. They have threatened all communities, including Shias, Sunnis, Kurds, Christians, Izadi Kurds and others, as they continue their atrocities in Iraq and Syria.