Syria’s opposition fighters seized a Mediterranean coastal village Tuesday as they pushed to consolidate their presence in a key regime bastion near the Turkish border, a monitoring group said.

The capture of Samra in Latakia province comes a day after rebels seeking to topple President Bashar al-Assad seized the area around Kasab, the last government-held crossing post with Turkey.

In retaliation the army pounded rebel positions in the northwestern coastal province, heartland of Assad’s Alawite sect and scene of fierce fighting since Friday, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. […]