IDLIB, Syria 

Opposition and anti-regime groups began an operation Saturday in rural areas of Latakia province after the Bashar al-Assad regime and Iran-backed foreign terrorists targeted settlement areas in the Idlib de-escalation zone in northwestern Syria.

Intense clashes between the two sides took place in Hama, northeast rural of Latakia, and the front line of Kabina Hill that is a junction of Latakia and rural Idlib and has a strategic importance, Muhammad Rashid from Nasir Army, a faction of the Syrian National Army (SNA) told Anadolu Agency.

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