Observers: Syria rebels repel government forces in northwest

The Observatory said the rebels burned tires to obstruct warplanes’ vision.

6 June 2019 | 19:55

Source: Associated Press

  • Source: Associated Press
  • Last update: 6 June 2019 | 19:55

This photo posted and provided by the Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows Civil Defense workers searching for victims under the rubble after an airstrike by Syrian government forces hit the village of Ehsim, in Jabal al-Zawiya, some 10 kilometers (6 miles) north of the town of Maarat al-Numan in Idlib, Syria, Monday, June 3, 2019. (AP Photo)

BEIRUT: Syrian armed opposition and a war monitoring group said insurgents have launched an offensive against government forces on the edge of their stronghold in northwestern Syria.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the rebel offensive Thursday afternoon began with a volley of rockets and missiles lobbed at government forces in villages recently captured from the opposition.

The Observatory said the rebels burned tires to obstruct warplanes’ vision.

A rebel umbrella group, National Front for Liberation, said the offensive is aimed to repel government forces.

Government forces began a ground offensive in late April against areas under rebel control since 2015, after a Russia-Turkey backed cease-fire in place for months failed to reduce the influence of extremists in the stronghold or open a highway that links government-controlled cities.

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