DAMASCUS, SYRIA (9:15 P.M.) – Qardaha witnessed a barrage of BM-21 GRAD rockets on Wednesday afternoon as jihadist fighters in the mountainous Latakia governorate retaliated over an alleged chemical attack in the town of Khan Sheikhoun yesterday.
The bombardment of Qardaha, located far behind the frontline, holds no military importance; however, this government-held town in rural Latakia represents the birthplace of late Hafez Al-Assad.
In addition, both the deceased Syrian President and his famed son Basil al-Assad are buried in Qardaha. The latter town has been under government control from day one of the ongoing conflict.
Meanwhile, the frontline in Latakia has reached a stalemate since September last year as Islamist factions maintain a minor foothold in the northeastern part of the province.