BEIRUT – Syrian government forces backed by Russian air power launched a counter-attack against rebels in the northwestern province of Latakia, a rebel group and a conflict monitor said, as violence was reported across much of the northwest on Tuesday. Targets included towns and villages where a partial truce agreement had brought about a lull in fighting between the government and rebels
since Feb. 27. That agreement has unravelled in recent weeks. In the insurgent stronghold of Idlib province, neighboring Latakia, air strikes killed at least seven people in the town of Kafr Nubl and five others in nearby Maarat al-Numan, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring organization reported. Dozens were also injured in the strikes, it said. Rockets fired by insurgents, meanwhile, killed three children in nearby Kefraya, a Shi’ite town loyal to the government, it said. State media said the dead were members of one family. The fighting in Latakia was focused on areas where insurgent groups had launched an attack on government forces on Monday, and where battles had often erupted despite the cessation of hostilities agreement.