Syrian regime forces gather near the village of Sawwan, south of Khanasser, in the Aleppo governorate on November 19, 2017. AFP / George OURFALIAN
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Intense fighting killed dozens of people on the edge of the last Syrian province entirely outside government control as aid workers completed a series of medical evacuations from another rebel-held area Friday.Government and allied forces backed by Russian warplanes took on mostly extremists fighters in an area straddling the border between Idlib and Hama provinces.Twenty-seven soldiers and members of allied paramilitary units were killed in the fighting as well as 20 rebels from Islamist groups or from former al-Qaeda affiliate Fateh al-Sham, he added.There were also 29 of them, including workers who were detained earlier this year and pro-government fighters captured by rebels in the area, in some cases years ago.It is a former al-Qaeda affiliate that dominates the northern province of Idlib.And state news agency SANA reported that dozens of bodies of civilians and Syrian troops killed by Daesh militants had been found in two mass graves in the west of Raqqa province.
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