Head of Syrian government delegation Bashar al-Jaafari arrived for a bilateral meeting with the U.N. Special envoy Staffan de Mistura during U.N.-sponsored Syria talks in Geneva.

On the ground, according to a Syrian military source, Syria’s army and its allies retook a village near Hama , as the government tries to turn back a major insurgent offensive. However according to a war monitor, bitter fighting continues.

President Bashar Al-Assad and its allies Russia and Iran are seeking to staunch the biggest rebel assault in months which began this week in the capital Damascus and the Hama countryside.