Pro-Assad soldiers standing next to a newly rigged trench in the vicinity of Sahl al-Ghab in preparation to deter rebel attacks. Activists
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Damascus, Syria – On Monday, Syrian regime forces and allied militias started digging trenches near the towns of al-Suqaylabiya and Salhab in the Sahl al-Ghab area, western Syria, in anticipation of any progress by the al-Fatih Army (an extended umbrella for Syrian rebels) toward those areas, media activists reported.
“Regime forces started digging security trenches at the outskirts of al-Suqaylabiyah and Salhab sub-districts,” a local media activist told ARA News on the condition of anonymity.
“The trenches are to be used as ambushes against opposition forces in case they attacked the villages in the vicinity of Sahl al-Ghab,” the source reported.
Sahl al-Ghab is populated with a majority of Alawites –same sect of the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Media activist Tayseer Khallouf reported that these tranches will be used to delay rebels’ progress. Syrian rebel forces are planning to storm Syria’s coastal areas, mainly populated by Alawites.
“A state of panic prevailed among locals as the regime’s army started preparing its ranks to deter any possible progress by rebels towards Sahl al-Ghab.”
Other sources reported that pro-Assad forces have launched intensive patrols in the city of Latakia after receiving threats from Syrian opposition forces of sudden attacks.
“The coastal region is one of the last cards at the hands of the Syrian regime,” Khallouf argued.
Reporting by: Adel Hassan
Source: ARA News