National & World News

Mar 31, 4:56 AM EDT

Activists: Syria attacks rebel-held Idlib, killing 14

Indictment of Monzer al-Kassar
Latest Syria News
Kuwait opens Syria donor conference with $500 million pledge

Activists: Syria attacks rebel-held Idlib, killing 14

UN warns emergency fund for Palestinians in Syria near empty

Israel indicts Golan Druse on suspicion of spying for Syria

Iraq's top diplomat meets with Syria's Assad in Damascus

Buy AP Photo Reprints

BEIRUT (AP) -- Activists say Syrian government forces have fired surface-to-surface missiles and conducted airstrikes on the rebel-held northwestern city of Idlib, killing more than a dozen people.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and the Local Coordination Committees said the Monday night strikes killed at least 14 people.

The attacks come amid fears that the government is preparing to retake the city that it lost on Saturday.

Idlib, with a population of around 165,000 people, became the second provincial capital to fall to the opposition after Raqqa, which is now a stronghold of the Islamic State group.

Its capture by several factions led by the al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front underscores the growing power of extremist groups in Syria, which now control about half the country.

© 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Learn more about our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.