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[55] In the meantime, rebels directed their attacks against a strategic hill known as Observatory 45,[55] which they captured later in the day. [73] Meanwhile, fighting was still raging at Kasab, with the Army shelling the town and the Air force striking it four times around noon. [60], Turkey's opposition leader, Kemal Kilicdaroglu (CHP) claimed that the Syrian jet was a reconnaissance plane and that its downing was part of a government scheme to provoke war with Syria to divert attention from corruption scandals enveloping Turkey's president Erdogan and his party. What was missing after eight years of civil war? The Syria we saw was missing a middle class, its members having fled or fallen down the economic ladder. Many non-Alawites assume the Alawites have been richly rewarded for their loyalty. Unfortunately it was severely damaged amid the shelling and bombing in the Syrian Civil War. Government troops from the hill retreated towards Qastal Maaf. An opposition TV station also claimed that 11 Hezbollah fighters were captured in an ambush by rebels in the province, but this report could not be verified. [106], On 2 April, according to the SOHR, the rebels reached the perimeter of al-Badrousiya village where violent clashes took place amid new Army reinforcements in that area. [34], The Syrian government called on the United Nations to halt the Turkish involvement in the Kasab region. The offensive, which the rebels have named "the battle for the liberation of the Syrian Coast,” has surprised the regime forces, … [28][70] However, that evening Mihraç Ural posted a video on his Facebook account denying rumors of his death. But a visa didn’t mean permission to roam freely. The sparks and chemicals irritated his eyes. I lost him, too. When Abu Abdo asked for a drink with ice, Mr. Mahmoud apologized: The generator powering the refrigerator was broken, so, no ice. First Vice President Eshagh Jahangiri on January 28 *headed Iran’s most senior political delegation to Damascus, Syria since the start of the Syrian Civil War in 2011. News Live. [36] Overall, the SOHR reported fighting in three government-held villages that were coming under a rebel attack and three rebel-held villages which the Army was trying to capture. [49] Subsequently, the civilian populations of Kessab and its surrounding villages either fled or were evacuated, with most seeking safety in Latakia, as Kessab remained under the control of rebel groups. [47], Human Rights Watch Syria and Lebanon researcher Lama Fakih told the UK Telegraph rebel groups had wanted to attack Kassab for a long time, but Turkey had previously denied them access, citing a lack of unity. [34] A military officer claimed rebels had been pushed back from Observatory 45, but were still in nearby areas. Latakia: Syria's seaside party town On the coast of Syria CNN's Fred Pleitgen explores Latakia, where the beach resorts and nightclubs help some escape the war. And everyone here assumes you’re spies. The battle of Latakia demonstrated to the world the power of the fast attack craft and the effectiveness of missile evasion techniques. [98] Among the dead were 27 Army officers and 56 foreign rebel fighters. Medication was unaffordable. Images of President Bashar al-Assad filled the Old City of Damascus. At best, we got a narrow, loyalist’s-eye view of Syria: No one we spoke to blamed the Assad government for the catastrophe that had consumed Syria. The stated aim of the offensive was to conquer Al-Haffah city, but government … Moscow has long backed Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in his nine-year-old war against rebels. On an eight-day visit, New York Times journalists given rare access to Syria found ruin, grief and generosity. [14] Al Aan TV claimed that 10 pro-government fighters were killed in an attempt by the Army to recapture Observatory 45. She shouldn’t be saying these things to journalists. President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan stated, “All of us perfectly remember the history of Kessab, which was unfortunately full of hellish realities of deportations in the last 100 years", referring to both events. [48], In the early hours of 21 March 2014, rebel fighters led by the al-Nusra Front advanced from inside Turkish territory and attacked the Kasab border crossing with Turkey. DOUMA, Syria — Picking our way around the ruins of the Damascus suburb of Douma, it took a little while to realize what was missing. [26] Three days later, another opposition commander criticised the opposition Syrian National Coalition for not providing enough financial support for the offensive and supporting countries for not providing enough arms. That’s what happened,” Um Ahmad said. Ms. Kohut, our photographer, later told me she had seen him dig through piles of belongings in a wardrobe and unearth something from the bottom: the sweets, from their last, carefully hoarded box. Abdoullah Ali, an expert on Islamic groups in Syria, confirmed the takeover was headed by Abou Mousa al-Chechani (Chechnyan), among other senior and experienced fighters who had previously fought in Afghanistan, Bosnia, Chechnya and Iraq, thus indicating the importance of this battle. [79] Meanwhile, the Army recaptured Al-Nab'in. [19] Eight rebels and eight pro-government fighters were killed and 15 wounded in the fighting at Observatory 45. [117], On 7 April, fighting erupted on the edges of the Jabal al-Haramiya area with government forces advancing. “A veritable street war [is taking place] in Shreitah Project, reaching [as far as the area’s] seventh junction,” the Syrian Coastal News Network reported Monday night. [108], On 3 April, according to the SOHR, rebels managed to regain control over the buildings of Observatory 45 after they were captured by pro-government fighters during the night. In Damascus, the capital, a gleaming $310 million mall, built during the war not far from a mountain where government forces once launched artillery shells at rebel territory, echoed with the clacking of high-heeled shoppers. At dinnertime our first night in Aleppo, our driver, Abu Abdo, said he knew a few places to eat near our hotel from his prewar days taking tourists to the city. We’re not American. I have no answers. In the government stronghold of Latakia, on … An operation in August 2011 was launched to end rebellion, and was successful. Turkey denied the allegations as "totally unfounded and untrue", the Telegraph reported, but HRW's Fakih replied "it is not feasible that these groups could have crossed into Syria from where they did without the knowledge of the Turks. It was still early, but it had been many years since Aleppans stayed out all night. Congressman Schiff noted that many of the residents were descendants of victims of the Armenian Genocide and that "there is a particular poignancy to their being targeted in this manner. Syria’s economy is in tatters, with the currency having lost nearly 80% of its value since the war broke out in 2011. According to Rana, our minder, its people never slept. It made it easy to forget that this hadn’t always been rubble — that these had once been homes. The Citadel of Aleppo is under the 1986 UNESCO world heritage sites. Everything was normal, and suddenly I lost them. This was simple enough in Damascus, which had largely avoided physical damage. Other pro-government villages were also shelled with mortars. The battle of Latakia demonstrated to the world the power of the fast attack craft and the effectiveness of missile evasion techniques. Al-Nusra Front[1] At least 11 rebels were killed in the fighting, while at least 20 pro-government fighters were killed and wounded. "[152] On 3 April Armenia's Minister of Diaspora Hranush Hakobyan said that 38 of Kessab's Armenian inhabitants had been captured when the town fell to the rebels, 24 of them were later released, 3 had been forcefully taken into Turkey and were now in the village of Vaqif, and that 670 Armenian families had been displaced after the attack on Kessab, with about 400 of the families, at least 2,000 ethnic Armenian civilians, sought refuge in Latakia and other neighboring hills. Economic collapse was always the fault of American sanctions, not the war or corruption. What does victory look like? Workers rebuilding the historic souk in Aleppo. The minders were eager to show us that life was returning to normal. [38] Observers have stated a strategic aim was to force the Syrian army to redeploy forces to Latakia,[39][40] which would relieve pressure on other rebels elsewhere in Syria. But the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based monitoring group, reported that at least 13 soldiers were killed by Turkish fire in Idlib and neighbouring Latakia and Hama provinces. The battle for both towns had been described as a seesaw one with both attacks and retreats. The destruction had a bleak sameness to it, the warplanes and artillery having obliterated all but a few fingerholds of humanity. [114] Meanwhile, the Turkish Army fired shells into Syria, responding to six shells that landed in Yayladadi. Khaled worked at a blacksmith’s, making about a sandwich’s worth of wages a day. “He was defending the country.”. [60], Meanwhile, significant military reinforcements were sent to the border area. The Turkish F-16's intercepted four Syrian aircraft approaching Turkish airspace in Yayladagi and Cilvegozu of Hatay province in southern Turkey before the incident occurred. Salam Hanna ministers to people who have endured nine years of civil war and, recently, sanctions that have led to the worst economic crisis the nation has faced in a century. [143] SANA also stated two-thirds of Kasab were under military control. [46], Three days before the assault on Kessab, the leader of Turkey's opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), Kemal Kilicdaroglu, called on Chief of General Staff General Necdet Ozel "not to embark on an adventure" with a military intervention in Syria, saying that "He [Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan] could decide to move the army into Syria before the elections. According to a field report from the Latakia Governorate, the Russian Aerospace Forces launched airstrikes on the jihadist stronghold of Kabani, which has served as the headquarters for Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) and the Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP) in Jabal Al-Akrad. [147] Some of the rebels had spoken in Turkish. Latakia is Syria's 'principal port city', and protests began here during 2011 against President Bashar al-Assad's government regime. Iran is facilitating the participation of Iranian companies in Syria’s reconstruction. [119], On 12 April, fighting erupted in Al-Nab'in and Nab Al-Murr[120] and later in the day clashes were still ongoing in the towns perimeters. Jahangiri *finalized major economic agreements during the visit including infrastructure, housing, and energy projects. No one seemed to know who was responsible, only that Syria’s hunger pangs seemed destined to grow worse. [84] Another source also confirmed that the Army had beaten back the rebels from Observatory 45, but did not reoccupy it, instead securing the hill's surroundings. “A veritable street war [is taking place] in Shreitah Project, reaching [as far as the area’s] seventh junction,” the Syrian Coastal News Network reported Monday night. Zenobia became queen of the Palmyrene Empire in 267, conquered Egypt until 271. [77] The Turkish Army accused the Syrian government of "harassing" five Turkish F-16 fighter jets with surface-to-air missile systems. [81], On 26 March, rebels slowly pressed their advance from Observatory 45 and attacked the town of Qastal Maaf. [25] Fighting was continuing around Observatory 45 with mutual bombardment from both sides,[113] while the Syrian Army's chief of staff, general Ali Abdullah Ayyoub, visited government forces on top of the hill at the post. ... Several Syrian government soldiers were killed during shelling by Turkish-backed armed opposition groups in Latakia … Mr. Tohme rose and came back with a small glass plate of date- and nut-stuffed pastries. [66] Rebel jihadists reportedly took Armenian families hostage in Kasab and desecrated the town's three Armenian churches. It is hard to imagine that there are still places in war-torn Syria, which have not been seriously affected by military actions, like the city of Latakia, a so-called Mediterranean pearl of Syria. By the time they returned, 20 family members had died. The 2014 Latakia offensive was a rebel offensive in the Latakia Governorate of Syria launched on 21 March 2014 by rebel Islamist groups including Al-Nusra Front, which called the offensive "Anfal", while a coalition of Supreme Military Council rebel groups called the offensive "The Martyrs Mothers". [149] Istanbul-based journalist Amberin Zaman commented that the recently leaked audio tapes in which Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu is heard discussing ways to spark a war with Syria might vindicate Kilicdaroglu's claims. [95], By 31 March, thousands of refugees reportedly fled to Latakia city, while a rising tension between the Armenian-Christian-Alawite community and the Turkmen community was reported. One of the children playing outside led us upstairs to meet her grandparents, Ali Hamoud Tohme and his wife, Um Fares. Latakia, however, has remained quiet throughout the conflict in Syria. Here in the Tohmes’ living room, it felt ungrateful to refuse. People displaced by the war are trickling back, trying to rebuild their lives among the rubble. Liveuamap News. Destroyed buildings and vendors’ stands in Douma, Syria. When it was time to leave Syria, military-intelligence escorts accompanied us to the Lebanese border. According to a local activist, the FSA had set up a joint operations room under command of Brigadier General and FSA Chief of staff Abdul-Ilah al-Bashir to support the rebel offensive. [147][155] Armed men entered the town, looted Armenian shops and homes, taking families hostage, and desecrating the town's three churches. They had stopped going to the butcher. However, the military was bringing more reinforcements from the coastal city of Tartous to try to stem the rebel advance. [75] According to the editor-in-ehief of Aztag Daily, information warfare was being conducted and that it was too early to conclude whether government forces managed to regain control of the town, but confirmed fighting was ongoing. We said our goodbyes out on the pulverized street, with Mr. Tohme looking around at what used to be, and somehow still was, his home. [13] Fighting was also still raging around Al-Samra. The fighters reportedly crossed into Syria from the Turkish village of Gözlekçiler. I asked one father of a dead soldier, Yassin Hassna, about his sacrifice — whether it had been worth it. Latakia is Syria's 'principal port city', and protests began here during 2011 against President Bashar al-Assad's government regime. You have to understand, he said. “Street War” Facebook activist news outlets supportive of the Bashar al-Assad regime painted a grim picture of the chaos of the unprecedented Latakia clashes. In nearby Douma, which was rebel-held for most of the war, running water was still more aspiration than reality. This came after the Army took hold of areas that surround Al-Nab'in and advanced towards Kasab. [160][161] On 25 July the St. Astvatsatsin Church in Garaturan was reconsecrated, with the first liturgy since the ending of the Islamist occupation taking place on 27 July, the day of Vardavar, and attended by a large number of people [162], Coordinates: .mw-parser-output .geo-default,.mw-parser-output .geo-dms,.mw-parser-output .geo-dec{display:inline}.mw-parser-output .geo-nondefault,.mw-parser-output .geo-multi-punct{display:none}.mw-parser-output .longitude,.mw-parser-output .latitude{white-space:nowrap}35°56′00″N 35°59′00″E / 35.9333°N 35.9833°E / 35.9333; 35.9833, Collapse of Islamic State in Syria (April – Nov. 2017), Syrian War spillover and international incidents, Foreign involvement in the Syrian Civil War, Capture of Al-Samra and the battle for the hills, Samantha Power Questioned About Kessab, Syria by Rep. Schiff, Minister Of Diaspora: Armenian Churches Were Defaced In Kessab. He had died in an airstrike. “We rediscovered the Gospel as being a message of hope in the middle of crisis,” Hanna says of ministering during war. Ali Hamoud Tohme and his wife, Um Fares, in their bedroom in Douma. History of Syria conflict. The government mobilised thousands of soldiers and NDF fighters to retake the areas that had been lost to the rebels and many government supporters, the majority of them Alawites, volunteered to fight against the rebels. "Syria's air defense systems have responded to an air attack in Latakia. [68] However, according to a military source, neither side had control of the village and the situation was unclear. source On live map. Stephanus of Byzantium writes that the city was named Ramitha (Ancient Greek: Ῥάμιθα), then Leukê Aktê ("white coast") (Ancient Greek: Λευκὴ ἀκτή) and later Laodicea (Ancient Greek: Λαοδίκεια). She and her husband were raising 11 orphaned grandchildren in a largely abandoned building. [76] Rebels had also once again captured Observatory 45,[77] after a Tunisian suicide bomber in an armored troop carrier blew himself up[78] in the Observatory's yard killing a number of soldiers, including Colonel Samuel Ghannum, commander of Observatory 45. Some Kessab village guards reported that the Turkish military withdrew from its positions along the border shortly before the fighters crossed from Turkey. I started eating and immediately forgot about refrigeration. [105], On 1 April, Ahmad Jarba, head of the Syrian National Coalition, visited the front-line in the Kasab region. After eight years of civil war, the Syrian government now controls much of the country, and on Tuesday it appeared closer than ever to seizing control of Idlib, the last of the rebels’ territory. However, the rebels were not able to capture the top of Jabal al-Nisr itself due to the Army's control of Observatory 45, which is the highest point in the region and oversees Jabal al-Nisr. 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