BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:20 P.M.) – The jihadist rebels launched a new offensive in the northern countryside of the Latakia Governorate on Friday, targeting several areas under the control of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA).
Led by Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham, the jihadist rebels were initially successful in northern Latakia, as their forces managed to capture several sites, including Tal Rasho and Tal Ballout.
However, the Syrian Arab Army would quickly respond to this offensive by heavily shelling the jihadist rebels before they could fortify their positions at these newly captured sites in northern Latakia.
According to a military source near the front-lines, the Syrian Arab Army recovered all the areas they lost, except for Tal Rasho, which is expected to retaken later in the day.
The source said the Syrian Army suffered four casualties during the jihadist offensive on Friday, adding that the HTS militants and their allies lost more than 10 fighters.
This latest offensive by the jihadist rebels comes just hours after the Syrian Arab Army once again stormed the strategic town of Kabani in the northeastern countryside of Latakia.