Dozens of people suspected of colluding with the Syrian regime were arrested by rebel forces on Sunday in northwestern Syria’s Hama and Idlib provinces, AFP reported

“The National Liberation Front launched a campaign a week ago… that peaked today with the arrest of  45 reconciliation activists and candidates for municipal elections announced by regime” in the region, Adham Radun told AFP on Sunday.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said “nearly 50” people had been arrested in areas straddling Hama and Idlib over “attempts to reconcile with regime forces” and participate in “meetings with its intelligence services.”

After a series of victories in the Middle East country’s south, President Bashar al-Assad declared on July 26 that Idlib was his regime’s next priority.