Syrian army steps up bid to regain town and rescue besieged troops




 
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May 10th, 2015  
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Topic: Syrian army steps up bid to regain town and rescue besieged troops


By Suleiman Al-Khalidi and Laila Bassam AMMAN/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian troops backed by heavy air strikes have edged closer to a hospital in northwestern Syria where dozens of Syrian soldiers and loyalist fighters have been holed up for the past two weeks, the army said on Sunday. The town was overrun last month by insurgents, including al Qaeda's wing in Syria, Nusra Front. President Bashar al Assad said on Thursday troops would head to the hospital on the outskirts of the town. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which tracks violence across the country, said insurgents got into one of the hospital buildings on Sunday, after a suicide bomber from Nusra Front blew himself up at dawn.




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