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Syrian state TV: Authorities in control of rebellious village of Haffa after 8 days of clashes
BEIRUT (AP) ' Syrian state TV says regime forces have retaken control of a rebellious mountainous village following eight days of fierce shelling and clashes.
Wednesday's report said authorities have managed to restore security and order to the region of Haffa and have "cleansed" it from the "armed terrorist groups."
The rebels had pulled out of Haffa overnight after intense fighting there and in nearby villages in the coastal mountainous province of Latakia.
Haffa is one of several areas where government forces are battling rebels for control. It is particularly important because the town is about 20 miles (30 kilometers) from Assad's hometown of Kardaha in Latakia province.