An observer group says intense clashes are ongoing in the Syrian central province of Hama between pro-government forces and members of Deash (ISIS).

Syrian troops have been on the offensive in central Syria against Deash for weeks under the cover of Russian airstrikes.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the fighting is concentrated in the Okeirbat area that government forces regained control of Thursday.

The Observatory said Friday that more than two weeks of fighting left hundreds dead on both sides.

The government-controlled Syrian Central Military Media reported the clashes saying Deash positions are being targeted with artillery and rockets.

Deash said in a statement posted online that it repelled a government attack near the village of Sheikh Hilal, claiming to have killed 11 soldiers.

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