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Insurgents attack Syrian-government areas near Hama-monitor

A picture taken during a press tour provided by the Russian Armed Forces on September 15, 2017 shows a general view of destruction, in the town of Uqayribat in Syria's eastern Hama countryside. (AFP)
BEIRUT: Insurgent groups launched a big attack on Syrian government-held areas north of the city of Hama on Tuesday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and a media outlet run by the Lebanese group Hezbollah reported.
Several groups participated in the well-planned attack on government-held villages, the Observatory said, including Tahrir Al-Sham — an alliance of Islamist groups spearheaded by the jihadist group formerly known as the Nusra Front.
The Hezbollah-run military news outlet said the army and its allies were repelling what it described as a large-scale attack in the area by the Nusra Front and factions affiliated to it. The Nusra Front denounced cease-fire talks in Kazakhstan last week, and vowed to keep fighting.

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