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Government forces on the offensive in central Hama province

AP  |  Beirut 

Syria's state media and opposition activists say forces and their allies are advancing in the central province of Hama under the cover of intense airstrikes.

Today's push toward the town of al-Imam came a day after troops and pro-militiamen captured the town of Soran, a month after Soran was lost in a rebel offensive.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Syrian air force jets had conducted nearly 25 airstrikes on al-Imam and nearby villages since midnight.

Syrian state agency SANA quoted an unnamed military official as saying that troops are now at the eastern entrance of al-Imam after capturing nearby hills under the cover of intense bombardment.

Opposition fighters captured several area towns and villages last month in a large-scale offensive.

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First Published: Mon, April 17 2017. 18:32 IST