REBELS have killed 28 Syrian army soldiers in an attack on three checkpoints around the town of Saraqeb, an opposition-linked group has said.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that opposition activists in Saraqeb, in the northern province of Idlib, confirmed the attacks had been carried out by rebel units.
The army has lost swathes of land in Idlib and Aleppo province but is fighting to control towns along supply routes to Aleppo city, where its forces are fighting in many districts.
Rami Abdelrahman, head of the Observatory, said five insurgents were also killed in the attacks, two of which were on the highway linking the capital of Damascus to Aleppo.
"The rebels have either destroyed or taken six vehicles. They will not stay at the checkpoints for long as Syrian war-planes normally bomb positions after rebels move in," he said.