Escalating murders in regime-controlled areas | Child shot dead in Homs city
SOHR sources have reported the death of a boy under the age of eighteen, after being hit with a gunshot at head in Al-Khudar neighbourhood in Homs city. While uncertainty is surrounding the circumstances of this incident and it is not known yet if the boy was killed or hit with indiscriminate gunshot. It is worth noting that the boy was taken to Al-Basel hospital in Karam Al-Louz neighbourhood.
A few hours ago, SOHR sources reported that uncertainty surrounded the reasons behind the murder of a regime officer, a few days ago, as he was killed in an attack on Al-Fawwar security checkpoint in Jableh countryside in Latakia on Sunday, April 11.
According to sources, unidentified gunmen attacked the checkpoint and shot the regime officer, before they escaped. The officer hailed from the village of al-Ashrafieh in Jableh, while residents accused a gang of smugglers and shabiha (pro-regime armed group) of killing the regime officer. Investigations were underway, according to a security source.
It is worth noting that the city of Qardaha, the heartland of President Bashar al-Assad, had experienced considerable conflicts among pro-regime families, including families of the ruling class. These conflicts followed dispute over businesses related to the import and trade of electronics, PCs, laptops and other devices, especially with the critical economic hardship in Syria.
It is worth noting that the neighbourhoods of Latakia also experienced a state of tension among regime-backed factions following disagreements over internal conflicts.
Moreover, reliable sources in Bhamra village, which is the heartland of Ghazi Kanaan the former head of Syria’s security apparatus in Lebanon, adjacent Al-Qardaha, as well as sources in Al-Bahlouliyyah in Latakia countryside, told SOHR that regime security services carried out raids, arresting several people for “writing anti regime graffiti on the walls of these villages”.