Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 16 April 2014

Syrian tanks enter city amid revolt

Syrian soldiers have broken up protests in the cities of Damascus and Homs (AP)

Syrian tanks have fanned out across part of the coastal city of Latakia amid intense shooting there, an activist says.

Rami Abdul-Rahman, head of the London-based Observatory for Human Rights in Syria, said 20 tanks and armoured personnel carriers deployed around the al-Ramel neighbourhood as the shooting erupted.

The city has seen large protests against President Bashar Assad's regime.

A Latakia resident confirmed the military's presence in al-Ramel.

The government's crackdown has intensified over the past weeks, with troops storming several towns and cities.

Rights groups say at least 1,700 civilians have been killed in the five-month-old uprising.

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