Activists on Thursday said that Russian warplanes backed by the Syrian regime forces have launched attacks on a rebel-held town north of the city of Homs.
The attack, which Syrian state TV confirmed, targeted rebel held areas around the town of Talbiseh and the villages of Teir Malla, Dar Kabira and Khalidiya-a few miles north of the city of Homs- said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR).
According to the SOHR, at least 6 rebels and 2 civilians were killed in the assault on Homs city which is mainly regime-held.
Activists said fighters from Lebanon's Hezbollah were involved in the attack.
Hezbollah's al-Manar television channel said the Syrian army is launching ground attacks in the northern Homs province.
The area of clashes has a strategic position as it links the capital Damascus with the coastal regime strongholds.
The Russian warplanes began an aerial campaign against rebels’ bastions in Syria on September 30.
Since then the Syrian regime forces allied by the Iranian-backed Hezbollah militias have conducted several ground attacks against rebel-held territories mainly in Hama, Idlib and Latakia’ countryside.
Syrian army officials have said Syrian troops are preparing for a mass ground operation in Aleppo city.
The war in Syria started in 2011 in the form of anti-government demonstrations, but descended into a civil war between five main factions - the regime, the opposition, Al Qaeda affiliate the Nusra Front, ISIS, and the Kurdish YPG militants.
The recent military intervention of Russia in the Syrian war and the recent increase of arming to the opposition by the US has pushed the civil war into a more global level.
The four-year-long war in Syria has claimed the lives of more than 250,000 people. Whilst it displaced half of the pre-war 22 million population of the country, internally and in neighbouring countries.
At least 350,000 refugee have claimed asylum in European countries since the war began in Syria in 2011.
According to the UNHCR, in a bigger humanitarian dilemma, thousands of refugees traveling to seek asylum have drowned or died on the way to Europe.