Syrian Government: 12 Killed In Seaside City

The Syrian government says 12 people were killed in violence rocking a seaside Mediterranean city.

Syrians shout "freedom" during a protest at Dael region, near the city of Deraa, southern Syria March 25, 2011. Protests spread across Syria on Friday, challenging the rule of the Assad family after their forces killed dozens of demonstrators in the south. In the southern city of Deraa, which has been in revolt for a week, gunfire and tear gas scattered a crowd of thousands after people lit a fire under a statue of late president Hafez al-Assad, whose son Bashar has ruled since his death in 2000.

The Syrian government says 12 people were killed in violence rocking a seaside Mediterranean city.

Syria's state-run news agency said unknown armed elements on Saturday attacked neighborhoods in Latakia, shooting from rooftops and terrorizing people.

Ten people, including security forces, residents as well as two members of the shadowy "armed elements" died in the violence.

Some 200 others were wounded, most from the security forces, the report said Sunday.

Syrian army units deployed in Latakia Saturday night following a day of violence and chaos in which protesters and the government traded accusations of violence and incitement.

AP