Rockets kill two in Syrian coastal city

Explosion and missile attack target coastal Syrian city of Latakia killing two, wounding 14

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

According to the Syrian state TV, two people were killed on Thursday in the rare attack on Latakia city .

One civilian was killed and at least 14 others were wounded, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR).

A missile fell down on Eight March Street in the centre of the coastal city, the stronghold of Syria’s President Bashar al Assad, the Britain-based SOHR reported.

Moreover, an explosion took place at the same day in Al Kornish Street in Latakia also, the SOHR said.

A footage broadcasted by the state TV showed car burning and people running in the street where the explosion took place.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack which State media said was carried out by “terrorists,” referring to the anti-Assad rebels and armed opposition.

The attack in Latakia came just days after the rebels gained ground in Sahl al Ghab towards the coastal provinces of Latakia and Tartus, mostly prohibited by Assad’s Alawite sect.

A missile believed to be launched by the regime forces, landed on Al Maroniyyat area near Salam in the northern countryside of Lattakia with no information about casualties.

The city of Latakia has been in chaos after Assad’s cousin, Suleiman al Assad, shot dead a colonel after a road rage incident.

The Syrian army has arrested Suleiman, but the incident had led to large protests in Syria’s Latakia, and protesters chanted slogans calling for the execution of the president’s cousin.

Suleiman was in hiding since the murder of Colonel Hassan al Sheikh last week, as he is the only suspect in the case, according to AP.

Latakia has been long away from the war that torn Syria for more than four years, in which at least 230 000 people were killed.

TRTWorld and agencies