Hundreds of Syrian militants have launched attacks against government forces in several parts of Syria’s Idlib province, killing up to 40 Syrian soldiers, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Thursday.
Russia, which is helping President Bashar al-Assad’s forces, said Syrian government forces had killed up to 50 militants and wounded up to 90 attackers.
The attacks began on Wednesday, it said, saying some fighting was still going on. About 40 soldiers had been killed and up to 80 wounded.
Moscow said the attackers were from different groups, including the Islamic Party of Turkestan and Tahrir al-Sham, the latest incarnation of the former Nusra Front that was part of al Qaeda until 2016.
The militants were equipped with pickup trucks, armored personnel carriers, tanks and heavy machine guns, it said.