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Latakia, SYRIA — At least eight members of the Syrian opposition were killed while others were wounded by a guided missile launched by the regime forces, near al-Yamdiyyeh village in the northern countryside of Latakia.

The Syrian Observatory for Human rights reported that the regime forces shelled the rebels locations near al-Yamdiyyeh Village, north of Latakia, killing eight members if the Syrian opposition.

Syria News reports that just last night, a missile fell near Bayt al-Hayek and al-Bassit village in the countryside of Latakia, causing material damages, but no casualties were reported.

Noteworthy, the northern countryside of Latakia has been witnessing a decline in the military operations for weeks.

The official Twitter account of the recently-formed rebel operations room in northern Latakia, for its part, claimed on Monday that Mayhboub—who they identified as a captain—had been killed in the fighting, that left 13 other pro-regime soldiers dead.

Ten rebel groups, including Free Syrian Army-affiliated factions, Ahrar al-Sham and Jaysh al-Islam, announced Monday morning the start of the “Battle of the Response to Grievances” in the Latakia province, where pro-regime forces achieved stunning victories earlier in the year.

“We announce the formation of a joint operations room… in response to the violations and breaches of Assad’s forces,” the statement said, adding that regime troops have “targeted refugee camps… and residential areas.”

Latakia is the principal port city of Syria, as well as the capital of the Latakia Governorate. Historically, it has also been known as Laodicea in Syria or Laodicea ad Mare. In addition to serving as a port, the city is a manufacturing center for surrounding agricultural towns and villages. According to the 2004 official census, the population of the city is 383,786.

It is the 5th-largest city in Syria after Aleppo, Damascus, Homs and Hama, and it borders Tartus to the south, Hama to the east, and Idlib to the north. Cape Apostolos Andreas, the north-eastern tip of Cyprus, is about 68 miles away.

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