Syrian navy hits Latakia to crush protests, 4 killed

August 14, 2011 11:26

AMMAN - Syrian navy ships shelled two densely populated residential districts in the country's main Mediterranean port city Latakia on Sunday, residents and rights campaigners said, in the second day of a military assault to crush protests.

"I can see the silhouettes of two grey vessels. They are firing their guns and the impact is landing on al-Raml al-Filistini and al-Shaab neighborhoods," one witness told Reuters by phone from Latakia, where tanks and armoured vehicles deployed three months ago to crush dissent against President Bashar Assad.

Residents said at least four people were killed in the two districts from tank fire on Sunday morning, bringing the total killed since the beginning of the assault on Saturday to six. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said six civilians were killed on Sunday.

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