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April 20, 2021

Syrian government: Mission in Latakia completed

LATAKIA – Security forces finished their mission in Syria’s coastal city of Latakia by “putting an end to the armed terrorist groups who terrified the safe citizens by their criminal acts” and were pulling out, the state-run news agency reported. Citing an “official source” in the Interior Ministry, the Syrian Arab News Agency said a number of gunmen had been arrested, CNN informs. At least five people died there Tuesday, according to a resident who requested anonymity for safety reasons, and the city remained under siege amid a military offensive against protesters. The humanitarian situation has deteriorated amid the government’s offensive in the city. Shops and bakeries were closed, and at least two mosques were damaged. The gunfire could be heard “all night and morning,” the witness said. Snipers perched atop various locations in the city’s al-Ramel neighborhood, the site of a Palestinian refugee camp, he said. The refugee camp normally holds 10,000 people, but reports have surfaced of many people fleeing violence there.

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