Syrian government warplanes are reported to have bombed several areas in the central province of Hama in response to a major rebel offensive. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 25 civilians had been killed in strikes on a road near the town of Latamina overnight.
It also reported rebel gains to the south, near Maardis, 11km (seven miles) from the provincial city of Hama. But state media said army operations in the area had left 50 “terrorists” dead.
Troops and allied militiamen had been involved in heavy clashes near Suran and al-Buwaida – both just to the north of Maardis – and destroyed a number of tanks, a military source told the official Sana news agency.(BBC,2016)