Al-Qaeda attempts to launch offensive in Syria
In a violation of the Syrian ceasefire, the al-Nusra Front, the al-Qaeda affiliate in Syria, has fired on settlements and Syrian Army positions in Aleppo, Homs, and Latakia.
"Militants from the Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist group continue shelling populated areas and the government forces' positions in order to disrupt the cessation of hostilities in the regions of Aleppo, Homs and Latakia," the Russian Defense Ministry wrote on its Facebook page.
Militants were forced to withdraw in Latakia after suffering heavy losses, according to the Russian Defense Ministry.
Seven were killed, with another 27 injured, during the attack in Homs.
Despite these attacks, the Defense Ministry said that most Syrian regions appeared to be observing the ceasefire.