Members from a coalition of rebel groups called "Jaish al Fateh", also known as "Army of Fatah" (Conquest Army), man a checkpoint in Idlib city, Syria July 18, 2017. Picture taken July 18, 2017. REUTERS/Ammar Abdullah
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A former Al-Qaeda affiliate and a leading rebel group agreed Friday to end days of fighting over of one of the last major parts of Syria out of the regime's control.The clashes in Syria's Idlib province in the country's northwest pit the jihadi Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) against the key rebel group Ahrar al-Sham, which is supported by Turkey and some Gulf countries. The factions were once allies and fought alongside each other to capture most of Idlib province from the Syrian government in 2015 . The fighting erupted Tuesday and has now killed at least 92 people, including 15 civilians, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. It had engulfed much of the province, including the key Bab al-Hawa border crossing with Turkey, which had been controlled by Ahrar al-Sham. By Friday evening, however, the groups issued identical statements announcing a truce agreement. An AFP correspondent had also reported heavy clashes as HTS fighters attempted to advance in the province's east, including the sound of large explosions and heavy weaponry.
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