Armed rebel fighters drive a tank in the northern town of Jisr al-Shughur on April 26, 2015. AFP PHOTO / HASS NEWS / ALI NASSER
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Nearly 150 Syrian soldiers have been besieged inside a hospital in Jisr al-Shughur since opposition forces including an Al-Qaeda affiliate seized the town last week, activists said Thursday.The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that separately another 200 people -- regime forces and their families, captured from Jisr al-Shughur and its surroundings in the northwestern province of Idlib -- were being held hostage. Earlier this week, the Syrian government said a "massacre" of some 200 civilians had taken place in the region of Jisr al-Shughur, which fell Saturday to a coalition of Al-Qaeda affiliate Al-Nusra Front and other opposition groups. Regime forces have lost most of Idlib province in recent weeks, with a coalition of opposition forces calling themselves the Army of Conquest seizing first the provincial capital of the same name, then Jisr al-Shughur and a military base.
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