TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – The Syrian army troops backed by allied forces managed to repel a massive attack by foreign-backed terrorists near the western city of Latakia.

According Press Shia Agency dispatches, heavy clashes erupted in the northern suburbs of Latakia between the Syrian Army and terrorist groups on Monday evening.

A military source said the terrorists mounted a major offensive against Syrian forces on the northeastern outskirts of Latakia, which was foiled by the Syrian forces.

The terrorists fired Grad missiles at the positions of the Syrian troops, who suffered no casualties during the attack. 

The coastal city of Latakia harbors the Hmeimim airbase extensively used by Russia's air force to conduct airstrikes against terrorist groups countrywide.

Syria has been gripped by civil war since March 2011 with various terrorist groups, including Daesh (also known as ISIS or ISIL), currently controlling parts of it.

According to a report by the Syrian Center for Policy Research, the conflict has claimed the lives of over 470,000 people, injured 1.9 million others, and displaced nearly half of the country’s pre-war population of about 23 million within or beyond its borders.

Meanwhile, Russia’s recent aerial support for the Syrian forces has given fresh impetus to the fight against the foreign-backed terrorists.