Several Syrian rebel groups unleashed a wide-scale offensive in northwestern and central Syria on Monday dealing a fresh blow to the ongoing peace talks between Damascus and the leaders of the moderate opposition, Iran’s Fars news agency reported.
The declaration came hours after Mohammed Alloush, the chief negotiator of Syrian opposition delegation in Geneva, called to ignore the months-long ceasefire and resume fight against the government forces.
On Monday, militants launched a fierce attack against Syrian government forces in Latakia province and in Haman amid heavy government air strikes in Homs province in the south.
A Syrian military source confirmed intense fighting in the area.
“Today they attacked in the northern Latakia countryside in several areas, in violation of the cessation of hostilities agreement, and also in the northwestern Hama countryside,” the military source said.