Clashes break out in Alawite area western Syria


Syrian regime army preparing for attacks against rebels in Latakia's countryside. File photo

ARA News

Aleppo, Syria – On Saturday, seven people were killed and 13 others wounded after clashes broke out between members of the pro-regime militia of the National Defense and gunmen in the city of Latakia, in western Syria.

Speaking to ARA News in Latakia, the civil rights activist Zuhair Yassin said that clashes broke out between the pro-regime militants of National Defense and the gunmen from the Murshidi religious minority in the blue area of the beach in Latakia.

“The clashes resulted in the death of six members of the National Defense and ten others were reportedly wounded, while one of the gunmen from the Murshidi minority was reported killed and two others wounded,” Yassin reported.

The source pointed out that the clashes between the two parties have left considerable considerable damage to a number of houses and civilian cars in central Latakia. 

Noteworthy, the regime-held city of Latakia is experiencing a calmer and more stable security situation compared to other Syrian cities. The Alawites constitute a majority in Latakia. The city witnessed a peaceful anti-Assad movement at the beginning of the Syrian crisis, before clashes broke out in northern and western countryside of the city between rebel groups and pro-regime army forces. 


Reporting by: Haya al-Abdullah

Source: ARA News

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