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Syria - Mar 13, 2012 - 23:59

Last modified: 13 Mar 2012 20:59

Syrian government forces have re-established full control in the northern city of Idlib following days of deadly clashes with opposition fighters, sources within the country have told Al Jazeera.

The military victory capped a day on which the Syrian president Bashar al-Assad signed a decree stating that parliamentary elections will be held on May 7, even as Kofi Annan, the UN special envoy to Syria, awaited a response from Damascus to his proposals to end the conflict sweeping across the country.

Government troops had waged an assault on the Idlib province near the Turkish border with a view to retake the city since March 9, intermittently shelling built-up areas and spraying houses with machinegun fire in a bid to dislodge anti-government fighters.

Anti-government fighters said troops had killed dozens of people, dumping their bodies in a mosque.

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[Photo of opposition fighters in mountains in Idlib province: AFP]