Rebels inch closer to the Syrian coast
The joint offensive by the Islamist alliance, Jaish al-Fateh, and Syria's al-Qaeda affiliate, al-Nusra Front, brings the rebels within eight kilometres of the Syrian coast.
Opposition fighters say they captured 18 regime checkpoints before seizing the town, which left dozens of Syrian army soldiers dead, midway between the regime stronghold of Latakia and Syria's largest city, Aleppo.
Opposition figures say that the next targets are the few remaining pockets of the regime in Idlib province.
The group said that Syrian refugees who fled to Turkey when fighting broke out would be allowed back to their homes.
There were unconfirmed reports on social media that the group had also captured the military base of Qarmid.
The victory comes as the Geneva III negotiations approach, with reports that parties from the Islamic State group and al-Nusra Front have been invited to take part in negotiations.
This article is an edited translation from our Arabic edition.