Syrian insurgents take control of town in west - monitor

by Reuters
Thursday, 5 November 2015 08:24 GMT

BEIRUT, Nov 5 (Reuters) - Syrian insurgents took control of most of a town on a major highway in the west of the country after heavy battles with pro-government militias, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said on Thursday.

Islamist insurgents from the Jund al-Aqsa group, backed by other fighters, seized large parts of Morek town in Hama province. The town sits north of Hama city on the north-south highway running through Syria's major cities in the mainly government-held west.

The capture comes after months of fighting between the insurgents and fighters from the National Defence Force and other militia, said the Observatory, which tracks the conflict using sources on the ground. (Reporting by Sylvia Westall; editing by John Stonestreet)

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