'Ethnic clash in Syrian city injures 5'

April 10, 2011 14:18


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AMMAN - Irregular forces loyal to Syria's Alawite President Bashar al-Assad fired on Sunday at a group of people guarding a mosque in Banias, two witnesses said, as ethnic tension intensified in the mostly Sunni coastal city.

The group, who were armed with sticks, were guarding the Abu Bakr al-Siddiq mosque at morning prayers when the Assad loyalists, known as "shabbiha", fired at them with automatic rifles from speeding cars. Five people were injured, including a 47-year-old man who was hit in the chest, the witnesses, a doctor and a university professor told Reuters.

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