The Syrian army on Tuesday thwarted rebels’ offensive against a key military observation site in the northwestern province of Latakia, inflicting hefty losses upon the rebels, Syria’s state media said.

The army foiled the attack on the 45 Observatory, a military observation tower on a high hill atop the al-Turkman mountain in Kasab, the report said. The attackers were forced to retreat toward the northeast under heavy fire from government troops.

The clashes in Latakia’s rugged coastal regions have been incessant since Friday, mainly in the contested town of Kasab bordering Turkey. […]