The large blast collapsed two five-story buildings in Sarmada. AFP / OMAR HAJ KADOUR
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At least 39 civilians, including 12 children, were killed Sunday in a large explosion in Syria's rebel-held Idlib, in what is believed to have been a weapons storage site for an arms dealer linked to militants, activists said. The large blast collapsed two five-story buildings in Sarmada, a town located in the north of Idlib province, with rescue teams struggling to pull out victims buried under the rubble. Assad has warned that retaking Idlib is the next priority for the government, after forces swept through the country and regained control over vast swaths of rebel-held territory.Gen. Suhail al-Hassan, had arrived in northern Syria to spearhead what was being named the "Dawn of Idlib" campaign.Turkey is also heavily invested in northwest Syria with troops manning 12 observation posts in Idlib, as agreed during talks earlier this year with Russia and Iran.
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