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Assad Loyalists Kill, Injure Dozens in Celebratory Gunfire During Turkey’s Attempted Coup

Activists report at least five dead and scores injured in stray gunfire as armed loyalists celebrate news of Turkey's coup attempt
Assad Loyalists Kill, Injure Dozens in Celebratory Gunfire During Turkey’s Attempted Coup

Dozens of Syrians in loyalist areas were killed and injured by gunfire from civilians celebrating news of the Turkish coup attempt on Friday night.

Pro-regime Facebook pages mentioned that heavy shooting took place in Lattakia, Tartous, Homs, Damascus suburbs as Assad’s loyalists expressed their joy from the initial news which reported the coup’s success against the Turkish AK Party-led government.

Two women were killed and dozens more injured in Syria’s coastal areas including Lattakia, Jableh and Kardaha, with most injuries resulting from gunfire by pro-Assad paramilitaries as they celebrated the coup attempt from their cars.

Activist Mohammed al-Sahili confirmed that the gunfire over Friday-Saturday had caused a state of fear after reckless individuals fired machine guns in the vicinity of residential apartment buildings.

Members of the civil and military police also participated in the shooting instead of attempting to stop it, the activist said.

Lattakia Media Network correspondent Mostafa al-Banyasi reported that seven civilians from the same building were injured by shooting from armed guards stationed at the checkpoint of the Tartous bus station.

It was reported that 27 injuries were brought to al-Basel hospital in Tartous, with three of them eventually succumbing to their wounds.

News reported that many were injured in loyalist neighborhoods on Homs and Damascus, with 30 civilians injured in the capital’s Mezzeh 86 district as initial news emerged of the coup.

This article was edited by The Syrian Observer. Responsibility for the information and views set out in this article lies entirely with the author.

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