The UN refugee agency says thousands of Palestinians have fled a camp in the Syrian port city of Latakia, which was shelled for a third consecutive day on Monday by government forces seeking to root out dissidents.
AP – More than 5,000 Palestinian refugees have fled a camp in the besieged Syrian city of Latakia after President Bashar Assad’s forces shelled the city during a broad military assault to root out dissent, the U.N. said Monday.
AMATEUR FOOTAGE OF LATAKIA UNDER FIRE
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Turkey, a former close ally of Syria, has been increasingly frustrated with Damascus’ brutal crackdown. Davutoglu traveled to Syria last week and urged Assad to end the bloodshed. But Turkey, Syria’s neighbor and an important trade partner, has not joined the U.S. and Europe in imposing sanctions.
Amateur videos posted online by activists showed smoke rising from al-Ramel, the crackle of heavy gunfire and people shouting, “God is Great!”
Date created : 2011-08-15