Syrian navy shells Latakia to crush protests, 8 killed

Military assault on port city continues for second straight day as Assad employs gunships and tanks to quell dissent.

Syria rallies 311 R (photo credit: REUTERS)
Syria rallies 311 R
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AMMAN - The Syrian navy shelled two densely populated residential districts of the main Mediterranean port city of 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 neighbourhoods," one witness told Reuters by phone from Latakia, where tanks and armoured vehicles deployed three months ago to crush dissent against President Bashar Assad.