Syrian troops have regained control of villages near a military air base in the central province of Hama, pushing back rebel fighters in the area, a monitoring group said Tuesday.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said regime troops and pro-regime militiamen had made the advances in the past few days after months of fighting with rebel groups in the area.

Regime forces pushed back rebels “who were threatening the strategic Hama military airport, from which the regime launches air raids on several areas,” Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman said. […]