TOPSHOT - Smoke rises from buildings following air strikes on the rebel-held besieged town of Arbin, in the eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus on January 8, 2018.
/ AFP / Amer ALMOHIBANY
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In its push against the last rebel held areas in Syria, regime forces took control of 14 more villages in Idlib province Monday, and killed at least 20 civilians in besieged Eastern Ghouta from intense airstrikes and shelling, according to Britain-based The Observatory for Human Rights. Despite being officially demarcated as a de-escalation zone, forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad have been advancing in the Idlib / North Hama province and has captured nearly 100 towns since the offensive started late October. The rebel-held Abu Al Duhur airbase is a key target for Assad and state media reported that forces has captured a number of villages close to the air base, including Freija, Jahman, Dawoudiyeh and Jub al-Qasab.The humanitarian situation in Idlib is deteriorating as fighting continues. The observatory reported that at least 21 people have been killed from regime bombardments since Sunday. At least 159 rebels and government forces have been killed in the fighting since December 29, the Observatory reported.
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