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Syria has condemned a Turkish convoy bound for a town in the rebel-held northern province of Idlib.

Russian and Syrian air strikes are reportedly trying to halt the convoy’s advance – raising fears of direct clashes between the countries.

Idlib is one of the few areas in Syria not under government control.

On Sunday evening a Russian-backed government offensive reached Khan Sheikhoun, the rebel stronghold where the Turkish convoy is headed.

The convoy – reportedly made up of dozens of armoured vehicles – is laden with ammunition, and entered Idlib province on Monday.

Air strikes, which reportedly killed one fighter with the group, have forced the convoy to halt on a highway north of the town.

Syrian state media condemned the move as an act of aggression and said the munitions would not stop government forces “hunting the remnants of terrorists”.

What’s happening in Syria?
Government forces, backed by Russia, reportedly entered the northwest outskirts of Khan Sheikhoun on Sunday. They are seeking to recapture Idlib province from jihadist and rebel groups. Read more

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