Syrian media: 2 killed in rocket fire on Lattakia

AP News
Posted: Aug 13, 2015 6:23 AM

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Rocket fire struck several districts on Thursday in Syria's coastal city of Lattakia, a stronghold of President Bashar Assad, killing two civilians and wounding 13, the country's state-run news agency reported.

It said the rockets were fired by "terrorists" — a term Syrian authorities use to refer to all rebels fighting to topple Assad. Explosions are rare in Lattakia, which has remained relatively sidelined in the country's civil war.

There were no further details. The city has been tense following the alleged shooting of a senior military officer by a relative of Assad over a road rage incident last week.

Around 1,000 people staged a rare protest demanding Suleiman Assad's execution amid widespread anger over the killing. The Syrian government said he was arrested on Tuesday.

Syrian opposition groups also reported the Lattakia rocket fire and said there were casualties. At least 250,000 people and have been killed and more than a million wounded since Syria's conflict erupted in March 2011, according to the United Nations.


This story has been corrected to show the first name of president's relative is Suleiman, not Suleliman.