Siege of Baniyas
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|Siege of Baniyas|
|Part of the Civil uprising phase of the Syrian civil war|
|Planned by||Gen. Fo’ad Hamoudeh |
Gen. Ramadan Ramadan
Gen. Ghassan Afif
|Date||7–14 May 2011|
|Executed by|| Syrian Army |
|Casualties||10 protestors killed |
1-6 soldiers killed
On 7 May 2011, during the civil uprising phase of the Syrian civil war, the Syrian military launched an operation in the Syrian city of Baniyas. The government said it was targeting terrorist groups, while the Syrian opposition called it a crackdown against pro-democracy protesters. The operation lasted until 14 May 2011.
On 9 April 2011, unknown gunmen shot at a military bus traveling through Baniyas, killing nine soldiers.
On 10 April, protests were held in Baniyas in which violent clashes erupted between security forces and protesters. Between three and six people were reportedly shot dead, while one police officer was reportedly killed by unknown gunmen.
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On 7 May, preceded by the successful operation against protestors in Daraa days prior, Syrian Army units entered Baniyas from three directions. They advanced into Sunni districts of the multi-ethnic town. Heavy gunfire was reported as the operation began. The next day, 8 May, around 30 tanks were seen patrolling the city, with some of them positioned in the city center. Syrian Navy boats were also reportedly holding positions near the city's coastline. Special forces units allegedly entered the northern part of the city, from where heavy gunfire was heard.
On 14 May, the military began to withdraw from the city, effectively ending the siege.
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