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Syria: Army opens corridor for people to leave rebel bastion

Ten of thousands of people have fled towards the Turkish border in recent days as air and ground attacks battered parts of Idlib and Hama in the northwest, the last big rebel stronghold.After the collapse of a brief ceasefire this month, Syrian army troops backed by Russia have now marched into a town in Idlib province in rebel hands since 2014.

The head of the state’s reconciliation committee, Ali Haidar, said getting civilians out would help troops take “military and security measures” in the region.

He repeated the Damascus government’s vow to “liberate every inch of Syria.”

The United Nations says hundreds of people have been killed since the offensive began in late April.