DAMASCUS, Jan. 6 (Xinhua) -- The Syrian troops on Monday killed 27 rebels in the northwestern province of Idlib, as part of a series of "precise" operations by the army against rebel positions in Idlib and Aleppo provinces, the state-run SANA news agency reported.
Arab fighters, including Qatari, Saudi, and Tunisians, were among those killed in the town of Binnish in Idlib, said SANA, adding that Chechens were also among the killed rebels.
The Syrian government has for long accused regional countries of facilitating the flow of foreign fighters into Syria to fight alongside jihadist groups against the regular forces of Syria.
Meanwhile, the activist Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based watchdog, said that airstrikes against rebel-held area in Aleppo killed 10 people.
The Syrian troops have been fighting rebels for almost three years. The international community is preparing for the holding of the Geneva II peace conference designed to seek a political solution to Syria's protracted crisis.