Syrian army takes symbolic town in Idlib

Syrian government forces captured Kafranbel, a town with symbolic importance since it was among the first to rebel against Damascus, in the northwestern province of Idlib on Tuesday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) war monitor said

Syrian forces, supported by Russian air strikes, advancing on the last major rebel-held area in northwest Syria, captured Kafranbel and 30 nearby towns and villages in 48 hours, the SOHR said.

Meanwhile, Turkish-backed Syrian rebels recaptured the town of Nairab, considered a gateway to the strategic town of Saraqeb, which was seized by the Syrian army earlier this month.

The Turkish army has been providing cover with artillery fire for the rebels in their effort to capture Nairab since last week, prompting Russia to accuse Turkey of supporting militants in the region.