A string of explosions struck a police truck transporting prisoners in a tense area of northwestern Syria on Saturday, killing at least 14 people in which 26 others were wounded, on "terrorists", state media and an opposition group said. Government troops also battled defectors in the north in fighting that left 10 people dead.
The violence broke out on the Idlib-Ariha highway in Jisr al-Shughour, an area that has seen fierce fighting between Syrian soldiers and army defectors.
The clashes come a day before Arab League monitors are due to decide whether to extend their mission for another month. The UN estimates about 5,400 have been killed in the 10-month uprising against President Bashar Assad
Author: Jasmine Coleman and agencies Guardian.co.uk