Damascus, Syria – A car bomb attack hit the town of Qardaha in Latakia countryside, in northwestern Syria, causing the death and injury of a number of people, pro-Syrian regime media sources reported on Saturday.
Qardaha is the hometown of the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and the city is under strict surveillance by security forces.
A huge explosion took place near the general hospital of the city, which led to the death of a number of pro-regime soldiers, in addition to that of a nurse and an employee at the hospital.
“Dozens were reported injured in the attack,” the sources added. “Some of the injured are in critical condition.”
This is the first car bomb attack hitting Qardaha since the start of the anti-Assad uprising in March 2011.
The city of Qardaha is deemed a key stronghold for the militia forces of the National Defense Army, which is in conflict with Syrian rebels.
The city is occasionally attacked with rocket and artillery by the Syrian armed opposition and Islamic factions based in al-Akrad and the Turkman Mountains in the northern countryside of Latakia province.
The armed opposition launched a major offensive against Qardaha at the end of 2013 in an attempt to control the city. They were able then to seize villages 20 km north of the city, but the pro-regime military forces backed by the National Defense militia carried out a counter-attack which led to the opposition’s decline and withdrawal to al-Akrad and the Turkman Mountains.
Reporting by: Laila Majdalawi
Source: ARA News
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