At least 17 Syrian government troops and their allies were killed by two armed groups in Syria’s northern province of Aleppo, a war monitor said.
About 30 others were also wounded in the Saturday morning assaults by Hay’et Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and its ally Hurras al-Deen, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
The HTS-linked Ibaa news agency said the attacks killed more than 20 soldiers. It added the attacks were in retaliation for the bombardment by the Syrian and Russian militaries of rebel-held areas in recent days.
Saturday’s attacks in the southern and southwestern countryside of Aleppo province were launched shortly after midnight and triggered clashes that continued until dawn, said Rami Abdel Rahman, the Observatory’s chief.