Insurgents fired nearly 400 rockets at two Shi’ite villages in northwestern Syria on Friday and detonated at least seven car bombs, a monitor said, in a new assault on besieged government-held areas.

An alliance of insurgent groups, including al-Qaeda’s al-Nusra Front, attacked al-Foua and Kefraya in Idlib province, an area bordering Turkey that is mostly held by insurgents after rebel advances this year, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Thousands of civilians have been living under siege in the two villages, which are still held by government forces.

Fierce clashes raged between the government forces and insurgents of the “Army of Conquest”, a coalition of groups that includes Nusra Front and the powerful Ahrar al-Sham, the Observatory said. The number of casualties was not immediately clear.

Syrian state TV said forces on the government side had prevented several car bombs from reaching their targets and destroyed them, also killing rebel fighters.



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