Hundreds of militants have launched attacks in the Syrian province of Idlib, killing up to 40 Syrian troops and wounding 80, the defense ministry said on Thursday.

Russia's Ministry of Defense is quoted as saying that militants have seized two settlements in one of the offensive operations, the Russian official news agency Interfax reported on January 23, Those.

Idlib province is the last rebel-held territory in Syria and hundreds of thousands have fled the region in recent weeks amid heavy air strikes by forces. Russia and Syria Edit: Pang Kong