Rebel fighters drive a vehicle under a billboard of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad in Idlib city, after they took control of the area March 28, 2015. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi
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Syrian government forces apparently executed at least 15 prisoners in the city of Idlib before Islamist fighters overran the provincial capital, an activist group said Sunday.The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the bodies of at least 15 detainees had been found after the northwestern city was overrun by a coalition of forces including Al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate Al-Nusra Front. "The number of bodies found in a military intelligence detention facility in Idlib city has risen to 15," the Britain-based group's director Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP. The group had earlier reported the discovery of at least nine bodies believed to be prisoners executed by regime forces before they withdrew from the city. The capture of Idlib makes the city only the second provincial capital in Syria to have fallen from regime control, after the March 2013 loss of Raqqa city.
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