TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – The Syrian army forces attacked militants in hilltops of northeastern Latakia province after they violated the ceasefire agreement with the government.
The militants of Al-Nusra Front terrorist group in the region continued to launch missile and bomb attacks on civilian areas as well as the Syrian army positions, prompting the military to return fire along the entire border with neighboring Idlib province, a Syrian army officer told Sputnik.
According to the officer, Nusra militants regularly attacks infrastructure and residential areas, with the militants recently using a Grad rocket launcher to attack the Latakia-Aleppo Highway. No one was killed or injured in that attack, but infrastructure was damaged, the officer said.
The Syrian forces have responded to the shelling by striking the militants from near Kabani, a village which sits on a strategic height overlooking the Al-Ghab Plains.
The vast majority of Latakia province has been liberated from the militants over the last four years. The region’s northeastern-most territories, bordering on Turkey and the militant-controlled province of Idlib, remain under terrorist control.
The Russian Center for Reconciliation of the Opposing Parties has reported repeated ceasefire violations by militants in Latakia province in recent days, with one civilian wounded in the Sandran settlement, and the villages of Beit Smaira, Sandran, Shir al-Sabah, Bashira, Rueyset Iskander, Safsafa, Ikko and Tell al-Tut last week, according to a spokesman.