Syrian government forces and clashes between rebels in the north-west of the country: Observatory, SANA

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Syrian government forces clashed with rebels in Hama province on Friday in the most violent fighting in northwest China, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Friday. l & # 39; man.

The army and allied forces attacked insurgents near the village of Halfaya overnight, seizing positions, the UK-based war watch group said.

According to the state-run SANA news agency, soldiers killed militants in an ambush in Hama "in response to their attacks on a military position with heavy machine guns".

At least 22 members of the Jaish al-Izza faction died in ambushes and dozens of others were wounded, the largest number of dead in the north-west of the fighters for several months, he said. added.

The Observatory said it was not clear if pro-government forces were killed.

Intermittent gunfire has broken out in northwestern Syria since an agreement reached in September between Russia, a key ally of Damascus, and Turkey, which supported the opposition.

The establishment agreement of a demilitarized zone has prevented an army offensive against the Idlib region under the control of the insurgents, including in the neighboring parts of the country. provinces of Hama and Aleppo.

Ellen Francis report; edited by John Stonestreet

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