Syrian opposition forces on Friday retook the strategic hill of Jabal Zahia in the Turkmen Mountain area in the northern Latakia countryside, not far from the Turkish border.
The opposition troops moved to occupy the hilltop a day after it was captured by regime forces under Russian air cover.
The First Coastal Division of the Free Sryain Army, the largest rebel faction in the Latakia countryside, said Jabal Zahia had been "fully liberated" from regime forces and allied militias.
Sources in the area confirmed the reports to . "The [rebel] attack took place in the morning, after the position was shelled with mortars," said Hashem Haj Bakri, activist.
Jabal Zahia is about 1154 metres high, and is located less than 5km from the border with Turkey. It overlooks several Turkmen villages under rebel control.
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