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Syrian planes drop leaflets to rebels

Government urges surrender in battle for road

BEIRUT — Syrian government aircraft scattered leaflets over the northern city of Idlib on Wednesday demanding that rebels surrender, as the two sides battled for control of a highway the regime uses to transport weapons from a coastal stronghold to its troops fighting in opposition-held areas in the north.

The battle for the highway leading from the mountainous Latakia province along the Mediterranean coast into the neighboring province of Idlib is crucial to rebel efforts to retain control of the villages and towns they hold.

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