The Syrian regime's main paramilitary supplier, the coastal province of Tartous, mourned the death of 28 officers and reservists over the past two weeks killed in fighting in Aleppo and Hama, pro-government social media accounts reported.
Local discontent is on the rise as new coffins arrive to Tartous daily, while the regime attempts to calm possible unrest with rewards and honorary ceremonies.
A government security order prevents families from opening the coffins to identify martyrs, causing many to remain skeptical that their loved ones have actually been killed.
The city of Tartous has suffered decades of neglect compared to the neighboring city of Lattakia, which hosts Syria’s services and tourism industries.
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