Government forces on the offensive in central province in Syria
Government forces and their allies in Syria are advancing in the central province of Hama under the cover of intense air strikes, according to state media and opposition activists.
The push towards the town of Tibet al-Imam came a day after troops and pro-government militiamen captured the town of Soran, a month after Soran was lost in a rebel offensive.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Syrian air force jets had conducted nearly 25 air strikes on Tibet al-Imam and nearby villages since midnight.
Syrian state news agency SANA quoted an unnamed military official as saying that troops are now at the eastern entrance of Tibet al-Imam after capturing nearby hills under the cover of intense bombardment.
Opposition fighters captured several towns and villages in the area last month in a large-scale offensive.