In recent weeks, Syria's government says it has recaptured all rebel positions in the northern province of Latakia.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights could not confirm that the army had retaken all the rebel-held villages, but it said the government troops had gained more territory.
Latakia is the home province of President Bashar al-Assad, and Syria's principal port city.
Tensions in Latakia are running high between members of diverse communities, including Sunnis, Alawites, Christians and other minorities.
We talked with two Latakia residents, an anti-government activist who uses the name "Omar," and an Alawite who says she supports Syria's Army.