A mortar round fired by Islamic State militants caused a major fire at a Syrian government headquarters building in the northeastern city of Hasaka and firefighters had put it out, state television reported on Friday.
The Syrian army and the Hezbollah group on Saturday unleashed a broad offensive against a rebel-held resort town northwest of capital Damascus and close to Lebanon`s borders, media reports and a source familiar with the assault told Xinhua news agency.
Rebel fighters captured a major base from the Syrian army in the south of the country on Tuesday, rebels and a monitoring group said, a setback for President Bashar al-Assad reflecting the mounting pressure on him after recent losses elsewhere.
The Syrian army said on Sunday it had repulsed a major offensive by Islamic State militants in the northeastern city of Hasaka and drove out fighters who had taken over key installations on the southern edge of the city.
Syrian troops and militia fought fierce battles with Islamic State fighters in Syria`s northeast overnight, a group monitoring the war said on Wednesday, as both sides vie for control of territory near the Iraqi frontier.
Syrian army airstrikes killed at least 70 people, most of them civilians, and wounded scores in attacks in the northern province of Aleppo that struck civilian areas, including a packed market in a town held by the Islamic State group, activists said.
Islamic State fighters killed at least 70 government troops in a major assault by the militant group on Syrian army-held areas in the central Syrian province of Homs, and at least 40 militants also were slain, a human rights monitor said on Wednesday.
Heavy fighting erupted on Monday between the Syrian army and Islamist rebels on the Golan Heights, where 44 peacekeepers from Fiji are being held by militants and scores of their fellow blue helmets from the Philippines escaped after resisting capture.