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Turkish strikes in northwest Syria kill 48 pro-Damascus troops -Observatory

BEIRUT, Feb 29 (Reuters) - Turkish ground and air strikes on Syrian government forces and their allies in northwest Syria's Idlib have killed 48 pro-Damascus soldiers in the past 24 hours, the Syrian Observatory, a war monitor, reported on Saturday.

It said that Syrian government and Russian warplanes continued air strikes on Saturday on the strategic eastern Idlib city of Saraqeb, a focal point of intensified fighting in recent days between Turkish-backed rebels and Damascus. (Reporting by Eric Knecht; Editing by Alexander Smith)