By lex, on August 14th, 2011
Bashar al Assad’s naval forces are getting into the ruthless suppression of protesters gig:
Syrian warships have joined a military assault on protesters in the northern port city of Latakia, activists say.
At least 19 people have been killed in the operation, according to activists and human rights groups.
Explosions and gunfire have been reported in several districts of the city which have seen large protests against the Syrian government.
More than 1,700 people have reportedly died in the six-month uprising against the rule of President Bashar al-Assad.
The operation began on Saturday with armoured vehicles and troops moving in.
Some 20 tanks and personnel carriers were said to be taking part in the Latakia assault along with at least two gunboats.
One witness told Reuters news agency by telephone: “I can see the silhouettes of two grey [naval] vessels. They are firing their guns and the impact is landing on al-Ramleh, al-Filistini and al-Shaab neighbourhoods.”
Assad has kept up his brutal attacks on the civilian populace despite protests from just about everyone but Iran. And nothing much can be done by the West about tanks and troops engaged in slaughtering their countrymen.
But gunboats at sea in the Med: That’s our lake, and there’s a plausibly deniable solution for that.