Notables calm sectarian tensions in Syrian city

28/03/2011

Notables calm sectarian tensions in Syrian city

* Main university district calm- Dalila

* Cautions against “playing sectarian card”

By Khaled Yacoub Oweis

AMMAN, March 28 (Reuters) – Sunni and Alawite religious leaders and civic figures in the Syrian port city of Latakia have met to try to contain sectarian violence, leading opposition figure Aref Dalila said on Monday.

Alawite President Bashar al-Assad, facing the gravest challenge to his 11-year rule, deployed the army on Saturday in Latakia, Syria’s main port, for the first time after nearly two weeks of protests spread across the country.

“The situation appears calm today after religious and civil society figures intervened. I was told buses are running and businesses have re-opened in the main University district of Latakia,” Dalila told Reuters by telephone from Damascus. (Continue Reading)

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