Syrian rebels capture key hilltop in Assad’s heartland

Rebel fighters fire mortar shells at the frontline in the Jabal al-Akrad area in Latakia province. File photo

ARA News 

LATAKIA – Syrian rebel fighters on Saturday recaptured the strategic hill of Jabal Nuba in the coastal province of Latakia, just three days after pro-Assad troops seized control of the hilltop, military sources reported. 

The Jabal Nuba hill –located in the northern countryside of Latakia province– overlooks the main supply route for the rebels between Latakia and Aleppo. 

Speaking to ARA News in Latakia, rebel spokesman Ibrahim Sarri said that since the regime army and allied militias expelled rebel fighters from Jabal Nuba on Wednesday, clashes have not stopped “until rebel factions regained their positions there on Saturday evening”.

“The strategic location of Jabal Nuba stimulated the rebels to regain the hilltop at any cost. Pro-Assad troops were forced to withdraw under the blows of the rebels,” Sarri said. 

The source added that despite the Russian air support to the regime forces, the rebels were able to regain the Jabal Nuba hill shortly after losing it to the regime. 

“It took pro-Assad troops and militias months to capture Jabal Nuba, while we (rebels) were able to regain it in three days,” Sarri argued. 

This 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.

Reporting by: Serbaz Yousef 

Source: ARA News 

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