Report: Blasts rock Syrian regime arms depots in Latakia

IDF moves Iron Dome battery to Carmel region amid tensions in North stemming from Syrian civil war; IDF declines to comment.

July 5, 2013 23:07
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Smoke rises in Syrian port city of Latakia [file]

Smoke rises in Latakia 370. (photo credit: REUTERS)


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Explosions hit a number of arms depots in the coastal Syrian city of Latakia on Friday, possibly as a result of rocket fire, AFP quoted the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights as saying.

The blasts caused some deaths and injuries, according to the Observatory, although no specific details were given.

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“Explosions around dawn today rocked an area... in the east of Latakia apparently as a result of blasts in ammunition depots near a brigade of regime forces,” AFP quoted the group as saying.

The group said that it was unclear who was behind the attack.

Amid tensions in the North stemming from the Syrian civil war, an Iron Dome air defense battery stationed in Haifa last week was moved to the Carmel region, Channel 2 reported.

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The IDF stated that the systems are moved around the country on a regular basis in line with the latest security evaluations.

IDF Chief of Staff Lt.- Gen.

Benny Gantz told pilots receiving their wings at the Hatzerim Air Base near Beersheba last week, “The region is shaking, from South to North. Syria is hemorrhaging blood, and in Lebanon, the fire has begun to catch the edge of [Hezbollah chief Hassan] Nasrallah’s robe.

In the face of this changing reality, we must be prepared, coordinated and alert, more than ever. You, the graduates, have from now on an inseparable part in safeguarding our readiness against these challenges.”

Yaakov Lappin contributed to this report.

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