Syrian government forces continue their advance in Hama suburb, Sahl al-Ghab, to recapture territories seized by rebels, according to the Syrian army. Nathan Frandino reports.
Heavy shelling and air strikes are pounding Syria's northwest... during an advance that the Syrian army says has helped them recapture four villages. The assault left behind smoldering ruins during a brutal counter-attack. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the government launched more than 100 air strikes on parts of the Sahl al-Ghab plain. The rebels had been threatening strongholds of President Bashar al-Assad, forcing the army to retreat to new defensive lines. The four-year-long war has gathered pace recently, intensifying on major frontlines and adding more deaths to the estimated quarter of a million people killed during the conflict.