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January 18, 2022

Syria – troops sent to Latakia as violence escalates

The Syrian government has deployed troops to the coastal city of Latakia for the first time, after confirming that 12 people were killed there in the latest wave of violence, Channel4 reports. State TV showed streets in the north-western port city littered with debris, broken glass and burnt-out vehicles. The government has blamed the unrest on unnamed ‘armed groups’, possibly backed by foreign powers. But witnesses in Latakia say pro-government forces started the clashes. As deadly protests spread across Syria, Turkey has urged President Bashar al-Assad to listen to the demands of anti-government demonstrators.

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