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Fouad, a resident of Latakia, spoke to Al Jazeera by telephone about the happenings in the city on Monday:
Many houses have been destroyed and even some mosques like Muhajireen Mosque. In the area neighbouring the southern al-Ramel area, tanks were indiscriminately shelling from 11am to 6pm, houses were burnt and four buildings were destroyed. There was a split between the troops and there has been heavy shelling between them. Many neighbouring areas were shelled also. these areas have been surrounded for months and there has been no water, electricity for more than three days. We have news that 23 people have been killed today, but I can only confirm six names at the moment. And that brings the total number of dead over the last three days to 35. The number is obviously a lot more but we can only confirm 35.
The other areas opposing the government also came under heavy fire.. The Palestinian refugee camp in al-Ramel has suffered renewed attacks that started from 11-o-clock at night and has continued for the past three hours..
Syrian tanks have opened fire on poor Sunni districts in Latakia, residents said, on the fourth day of a military assault on the northern port city aimed at crushing protests against President Bashar al-Assad. “Heavy machinegun fire and explosions were hitting al-Raml al-Filistini (home to Palestinian refugees) and al-Shaab this morning. This subsided and now there is the sound of intermittent tank fire,” one of the residents, who lives near the two districts, told Reuters by phone. More than 5,000 Palestinian refugees have fled al Raml al-Filistini, the UN said. The Syrian Revolution Coordinating Union, a grassroots activists’ group, said six people, including Ahmad Soufi, 22, were killed in Latakia on Monday, bringing the civilian death toll there to 34, including a two-year-old girl. The global campaign group Avaaz put the number killed in Latakia on Monday at 21 – it says it has names – with at least 49 injured including six women and seven children.
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For an in depth analysis of the Syrian Uprising read Yassin alHajj Saleh post on AlJadaliyya
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