DAMASCUS, Syria

Syrian state media say government forces have regained control of a northwestern village, just days after losing it to militants.

State TV says troops captured Kfar Nabudah on Sunday from militants, including members of al-Qaida-linked Hayat Tahrir al-Sham group.

Government forces first captured Kfar Nabudah on May 8, then lost it on Wednesday. The village is located on the southwestern edge of Idlib, the last major rebel stronghold in the country.

The opposition’s Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says Syrian government forces carried out scores of airstrikes, and used barrels bombs and artillery shells to retake the village.

The latest round of violence erupted late last month, wrecking a cease-fire brokered for the area by Russia and Turkey and raising fears of a wider government offensive.

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Syrian government officials say a power station close to the rebels’ last stronghold in the country’s northwest has been repaired after insurgents bombed the facility the night before, kicking it off line.

Electricity Minister Mohammad Zuhair Kharboutly said on Thursday that al-Zara power station was back on and linked up to the national grid.

Station manager Mostafa Shantout says a drone operated by insurgents dropped a number of bombs late on Wednesday on the station, causing huge damage. He didn’t elaborate. The comments by both officials were carried by the official state news agency SANA.

Fighting has raged in the last 48 hours in northwestern Syria where insurgents launched a counteroffensive, trying to regain areas they lost to government forces in earlier this month.

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Syrian state media is reporting that “foreign bodies” have entered Syrian air space from Israel in the country’s south.

The late Saturday report on state news agency SANA comes a day after a similar incident that caused loud explosions in Damascus

SANA said Syrian defenses were activated and dealt with the incoming “foreign bodies.” The use of the term indicates they may be unmanned drones.

SANA said “the foreign bodies” were coming from the southern region of Quneitra on the edge of the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, also like the report Friday.

Israel does not usually comment on reports concerning its strikes in neighboring Syria, though it has recently acknowledged striking Iranian targets there.

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Syrian state media is reporting that “foreign bodies” have entered Syrian air space from Israel in the country’s south.

The late Saturday report on state news agency SANA comes a day after a similar incident that caused loud explosions in Damascus

SANA said Syrian defenses were activated and dealt with the incoming “foreign bodies.” The use of the term indicates they may be unmanned drones.

SANA said “the foreign bodies” were coming from the southern region of Quneitra on the edge of the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, also like the report Friday.

Israel does not usually comment on reports concerning its strikes in neighboring Syria, though it has recently acknowledged striking Iranian targets there.

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Syrian state media is reporting that several explosions were heard in the capital Damascus as the country’s air defenses opened fire on “objects” coming from the direction of Israel.

State news agency SANA gave no further details, but the explosions appeared in TV images to be from airstrikes by Israeli warplanes.

The news agency said Syrian air defenses shot down several “objects.”

Last month, SANA said an Israeli airstrike on a military position in central Syria wounded six soldiers and destroyed several buildings.

SANA said later the “hostile objects” were coming from the edge of the southern region of Quneitra on the edge of the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

Israel does not usually comment on reports concerning its airstrikes in neighboring Syria, though it has recently acknowledged striking Iranian targets there.

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Syria’s Transport Ministry says Iraqi Airways is set to resume flights to the Syrian capital Damascus for the first time since the war there erupted in 2001.

It says the first fight will land at Damascus International Airport on Saturday, with the Iraqi transport minister on board.

Iraqi Airways will be the first international company to resume its flights to Damascus International Airport, which for years has been beset by war and blockade.

Only Syrian airlines remained operative at the airport, which kept organizing flights to most of Iraq’s airports.

Syria last month approved a request by Qatar Airways to fly through Syrian airspace. Airlines have avoided Syria since the war broke out, causing long detours.

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Syria’s Transport Ministry says Iraqi Airways is set to resume flights to the Syrian capital Damascus for the first time since the war there erupted in 2001.

It says the first fight will land at Damascus International Airport on Saturday, with the Iraqi transport minister on board.

Iraqi Airways will be the first international company to resume its flights to Damascus International Airport, which for years has been beset by war and blockade.

Only Syrian airlines remained operative at the airport, which kept organizing flights to most of Iraq’s airports.

Syria last month approved a request by Qatar Airways to fly through Syrian airspace. Airlines have avoided Syria since the war broke out, causing long detours.

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Syria state TV says six people were killed when insurgents lobbed missiles into a government-controlled displaced people’s camp in the country’s northwest.

Al-Ikhbariya TV said the dead from Tuesday’s attack on the Nayrab camp southeast of Aleppo city included two children.

An Al-Ikhbariya journalist in Aleppo said the missiles landed around sunset, when Muslims observing the holy month of Ramadan break their fast.

The camp houses displaced Syrians and Palestinian refugees who have been living in Syria.

The attack on Nayrab comes amid an unprecedented escalation between the government and insurgents who have a last foothold in northwestern Syria, adjacent to Aleppo city. Government troops have been advancing on the insurgent stronghold that is home to 3 million people, gaining ground on its southern edge and displacing tens of thousands.

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Syrian state media is reporting that insurgents have shelled a government-held town in the country’s northwest, killing five children and a woman.

State TV said the shelling on Sunday had caused widespread material damage to the town of Suqailabiyah.

State news agency SANA said Syrian troops have retaliated by firing shells toward insurgents’ positions on the southern edge of Idlib province, the last major rebel stronghold in the country. Al-Qaida-linked Hayat Tahrir al-Sham is the main insurgent group in the area.

The enclave has been rocked by a wave of violence since April 30, killing and wounding dozens while forcing some 150,000 people to flee their homes in rebel-held areas.

Syrian troops have been on the offensive under the cover of airstrikes for days, capturing several strategic locations and villages.

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A Syrian military official says insurgents in the country’s northwest are preparing for an attack on government-held areas.

The comments Sunday to state news agency SANA by the unnamed official came as the rebel-held Idlib province and nearby areas are witnessing the worst wave of violence since Russia and Turkey brokered a truce in September.

Syrian opposition activists, including the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and the Syrian Civil Defense, say Syrian warplanes and artillery have pounded rebel-held areas in Idlib and Hama province.

The Observatory said government shelling has killed at least three people.

Pro-government media said insurgents shelled villages on the opposite side of the front line.

Government troops and insurgents have been reinforcing their positions in recent days.

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