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BEIRUT (AP) -- Activists say intense clashes between government forces and militants in southern Syria have killed more than two dozen people in two days.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the battles that began Monday in the southern province of Daraa have left 37 rebels and Muslim militants as well as 22 government troops dead.

It added that on Tuesday, the Syrian air force struck several areas in Daraa province.

The Local Coordination Committees said the violence in Daraa left at least 27 people dead on Monday alone.

On Monday, the Syrian army said troops had captured several villages in Daraa province and cut a major supply line to Jordan for opposition fighters.

Syria's civil war, now in its fifth year, has killed more than 220,000 people.

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