Tajammu Al-Ezza brigade fighters fire a locally made shell towards forces loyal to Syria's president Bashar Al-Assad stationed on Al-Zlakiet checkpoint, from Al-Lataminah village, Hama countryside May 8, 2015. REUTERS/Mohamad Bayoush
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Syrian government forces advanced Saturday towards the rebel-held town of Jisr al-Shughur, where around 250 army soldiers and their families are trapped in a hospital building, activists said.The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said government troops were now within two kilometers (just over a mile) of where the group has been trapped since rebels seized Jisr al-Shughur in northwestern Idlib province two weeks ago. Government forces inside the hospital have been battling rebels to keep them from entering the building.Government forces regularly carry out airstrikes and drop so-called barrel bombs on the rebel side, and opposition fighters often fire rockets into the government side.
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