In this image made from amateur video released by DPB (Deir el-Zour Press News)
and accessed via the Associated Press television news on Aug. 10
shows Syria tanks on the street in Deir el-Zour on Aug. 9.
|Impoverished districts of Latakia on Sunday, killing at least 23 people in|
a renewed assault on the Mediterranean coastal city, activists said.
As the gunships blasted waterfront districts, ground troops backed by tanks
and security agents stormed several neighborhoods. The sharp crackle of
machine-gun fire and loud explosions could be heard across the city.
The intense operations in Latakia, a key port city once known as a summer
tourist draw, are part of a brutal government crackdown on several Syrian
cities meant to root out protesters demanding the ouster of President
Latakia has a potentially explosive sectarian mix. Sunnis, which are a majority
in Syria, live in the city's urban core, while Assad's minority Alawite sect, an
offshoot of Shiite Islam