Syrian villages besieged by rebels come under attack: monitor

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Two pro-government Shi’ite Muslim villages in northwest Syria have come under fresh attack from rebel forces which have besieged them for years, prompting retaliatory air strikes, a war monitor said on Sunday.

The villages of al-Foua and Kefraya, which represent the last remaining besieged population in Syria according to the United Nations, were attacked by rebel forces overnight, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Fighting on the edge of the villages began early morning Friday, shortly after air strikes carried out by pro-government war planes on the…

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