Idlib - Mar 13, 2012 - 09:53
A rebel attack before dawn Tuesday on a military checkpoint in the northwestern town of Maaret al-Numan killed at least 10 Syrian soldiers, monitors said.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said a group of army deserters had carried out the attack in Maaret al-Numan, located in Syria's Idlib province.
The army has since March 9 carried out an offensive in the mountainous region near the Turkish border, in a bid to seize control of the city of Idlib and other towns of the province where rebels are based.
Dozens of people have been killed since last week in on-off army shelling of the city, which is now partly controlled by the regime, and in violence across the province.
On Monday, the army bombed the Dbeit and Ath-Thawra districts of Idlib, blasting several buildings, an anti-regimeactivist at the scene, Yasser, told AFP. [AFP]