At least 37 people were killed on Thursday in clashes between the Syrian army and rebel and Islamic factions in Syria’s Hama province, a British-based war monitor reported.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said that among those killed were 16 government troops, while 21 others were militants, Efe news reported.

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The Syrian army is attempting to regain control over the villages of Teibet al-Imam and Halfaya, where the fighting is taking place, from rebel groups that have been controlling them since 2016.

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The Syrian government’s artillery and warplanes have launched intense strikes on the same area.