Car bomb kills seven in Syria's Latakia

Syrian media says at least seven people killed in car bomb attack in Latakia

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

Mediterranean coastline of the Latakia governorate, Syria - Archive

Syrian state media reported a car bomb attack killed at least seven people in Syria's Latakia in a rare attack on the Syrian regime leader Bashar al Assad's coastal stronghold.

Scores were wounded, according to the Syrian state television, and the Syrian news agency SANA said at least 10 were killed.

The explosion reportedly took place in the city's main square. No specific group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet.

The four-year-long Syrian civil war has largely spared Latakia the violence. The Syrian civil war killed over 300,000 people and displaced millions internally and internationally to neighbouring countries like Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon and Egypt.

The UK based Syrian Obsevatory for Human Rights (SOHR) released a report on Wednesday detailing the death toll in the war torn country during August alone, which made up around 5,000 people.

The number was as high as 4,830 according to sources within the country but the true total is suspected to be far higher.

The death toll includes 1,205 civilians, 885 Syrian combatants, 1,165 non-Syrian combatants, three "defected" soldiers, 684 Syrian army soldiers, 684 "militiamen," 36 Hezbollah fighters, 64 pro-regime Shiite militants and 10 unidentified victims seen on footage and photographs.

According to the data, 200 of the civilians were killed by ISIS, 1,000 by forces loyal to Assad and 43 in coalition air strikes battling ISIS.

A total of 252 children were killed in August.


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