Unprecedented violence hit Syrian coastal region



ARA News

Aleppo, Syria– On Tuesday, clashes continued for the third day between regime forces and fighters of the armed opposition in the countryside of Latakia, after the opposition fighters had gained control over several areas and headquarters in the coastal region, west of Syria. 

Thirteen regime soldiers were killed and thirty others were injured on Monday during the clashes which took place near Qasttal Maaf area, in the countryside of Latakia, between fighters of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) −backed by Islamic battalions− and forces loyal to the Syrian regime.

Mohammed al-Shofi, a local activist based in Latakia city, told ARA News that four more regime soldiers were killed during Tuesday’s clashes between both sides. 

The clashes occurred near the so-called Observation Post 45 −which was used as a center for observing Latakia’s surroundings as it overlooks Turkmen Mount and al-Akrad (Kurdish) Mount, and was earlier one of the regime-held headquarters from which nearby areas were bombarded. 

“The fighting coincided with artillery shelling and rockets firing by regime forces around the area of the Observation Post in an attempt to regain control over the post and drive the opposition fighters out of it after several days of their control over the post,” al-Shofi said.

Meanwhile, clashes occurred between the two sides on the outskirts of the Turkmen Mount area after regime forces sent military reinforcements to back its soldiers near the Observation Post 45, Qasttal Maaf village, Kasab city and its border crossing point. 

Noteworthy, the armed opposition forces took control over a number of villages and regime headquarters as part of its military campaign “the Anfal Battle”, which reportedly aims at weakening the fist of the regime forces in the Syrian Coastal areas and block the way in the face of further military supplies to the regime forces in Aleppo, Idlib, Hama and Homs.  


Reporting by: Haya al-Abdullah

Source: ARA News


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