Syrian tanks hit Latakia, third day of assault

By REUTERS
August 15, 2011 11:33

 
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AMMAN - Syrian forces shelled a residential district in Latakia on Monday, residents said, the third day of an assault on Sunni neighborhoods of the port city which have seen protests against President Bashar Assad's autocratic rule.

"There is heavy tank fire on al-Quneines neighborhood. People are trying to flee but they cannot leave Latakia because it is besieged. The best they can do is to move from one area to another within the city," one resident told Reuters.

The Syrian Revolution Coordinating Union, a grassroots activists' group, said a 22-year-old man, Ahmad Soufi, was killed by Assad's forces on Monday, bringing the total killed in the three-day sea and land assault on Latakia to at least 29 civilians.

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