Syrian army forces made new gains in Latakia. File photo
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LATAKIA – Subsequent to fierce clashes with rebel groups, Syrian regime’s army forces and allied militias regained on Wednesday the strategic hilltop of Jabal Nuba in the coastal province of Latakia, officials reported.
The Jabal Nuba hill overlooks the main supply route for the rebels between Latakia and Aleppo.
A Syrian army officer told state agency SANA that their troops “took full control of the strategic Jabal Nuba after killing a number of terrorists”.
The Syrian regime describes all anti-Assad rebel factions in Syria as ‘terrorists’, including western-backed moderate rebels.
The recapturing of Jabal Nuba comes amid intensifying military operations by the Syrian regime’s army and allied militias, supported by a Russian air cover, in the coastal province of Latakia –President Bashar al-Assad’s heartland.
The pro-regime officer added that the ongoing operations aim at retaking all areas under rebels’ control in the province.
The Syrian army units, backed by Shiite militants of Lebanese Hezbollah, have made progress in the past few weeks against the rebels in several fronts, including Homs, Aleppo and Latakia. The Russian air support has been paving the way for those troops to retake key areas from rebel groups.
Reporting by: Mir Yaqoub