After harsh clashes waged back and forth in Latakia today, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and National Defence Forces (NDF) were finally able to impose full control over the Shilif castle near Kinsibba in the northern Latakia countryside.
A source in the area said SAA troops had killed about a dozen rebel fighters, and took one captive. However, as rebel factions pushed a counter-offensive to retake the castle, the prisoner of war was killed in crossfire.
The source did not specify government casualties in the region although both sides did suffer casualties during today’s battles.
Contrary to other governorates, the mountainous terrain of Latakia and snipers are preventing both government and rebel forces from making rapid gains in the region.