30 Mar '11, 4pm

Gunfire heard in Syria's Latakia after Assad speech - Straits Times /@FLASH_NEWS #Syria /@PERSIA_NEWS

DAMASCUS - GUNFIRE was heard the north Syria port city of Latakia, which has witnessed sporadic violence in past days, shortly after President Bashar al-Assad's first speech amid a rising wave of dissent. 'Gunfire was heard in the southern quarter of Sleibi but the source has not yet been identified,' Issam Khoury, a Latakia-based journalist, told AFP. City residents also reported a drive-by shooting at a sit-in, where protesters had raised banners reading: 'No to strife, yes to peace and freedom.' The report could not be independently confirmed Syrian troops have deployed in force to Latakia, a religiously diverse port city 350 kilometres north-west of Damascus, that has been one of two main flashpoints in two weeks of increasingly violent protests. The news came shortly after Assad gave a highly-anticipated speech in which he accused Syria's enemies of a 'conspiracy' tar...

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