2nd LD-Writrthru: Syrian army enters key rebel-held city in Idlib

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DAMASCUS, Jan. 28 (Xinhua) -- The Syrian army entered the key rebel-held city of Maarat al-Numan in the northwestern province of Idlib on Tuesday, state news agency SANA reported.

The entering was made after the army enveloped the city from three directions earlier on Tuesday.

The army is now combing the city after cutting off the rebels' supply routes, according to the report.

The report said the army liberated most of the neighborhoods in the city.

The opposition activists said intense battles are raging inside the city between the rebels and the army forces.

Capturing Maarat al-Numan will enable the Syrian army to secure the Hama-Aleppo road as part of an agreement reached in Russia's Sochi in 2018 that aims to secure the official road to Aleppo, which extends all the way south to the capital Damascus.

Since the road is under the rebel control, people have traveled to Aleppo through another extension of the road.

The army prioritizes the recapture of the Hama-Aleppo road, which will enable the transportation between Damascus and Aleppo to return to the pre-war conditions. Enditem

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