The Latest: Syrian Forces Thrust Into Another IS-Held Town

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Source:   —  April 03, 2016, at 2:28 PM

S.-Russia-brokered cease-fire that's held for over a mo (all times local): 12:50 p. m. Syrian state media and an activist grouping declare government forces and their allies have entered a central town that was held by the Islamic State group.

The Latest on the fighting in Syria that'south threatening to destroy a U. S.-Russia-brokered cease-fire that's held for over a mo (all times local):

twelve:50 p. m.

Syrian state media and an activist grouping declare government forces and their allies have entered a central town that was held by the Islamic State group.

State TV says Syrian troops and pro-government fighters pushed into Qaryatain on Sunday, after days of intense clashes with IS extremists exterior the town.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that troops have entered the town from the S and N below the cover of Russian and Syrian airstrikes.

The advance comes a week after Syrian forces recaptured the historic central town of Palmyra from IS. Qaryatain used to be residence to a sizable Christian pop and lies halfway between Damascus and Palmyra.

IS has suffered major defeats in Syria over the past months amid intense airstrikes by Russian warplanes.

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12:20 p. m.

A Syrian activist grouping says fighting in northern Syria the previous day killed several fighters belonging to the Lebanese militant Hezbollah group.

Hezbollah has been fighting alongside President Bashar Assad'south troops in Syria'south civil war.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says 12 Hezbollah fighters were killed and dozens were wounded in Saturday'south attack by militants led by al-Qaida'south Syria branch — known as the Nusra Front — on the northern village of al-Ais.

In southern Lebanon, social media postings on Sun carried photos of seven Hezbollah fighters said to be among those killed in al-Ais.

Though Nusra Front isn't portion of a U. S.-Russia-engineered truce between the Syrian government forces and Western-backed rebels, the fighting has threated to destroy the cease-fire that's held for over a month.

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