Syrian President Bashar al-Assad survived an attempted assassination. Culprits fired several mortars on his mother’s funeral procession.
According to reports, the funeral procession was shelled from mortars, during the funeral of Anisa Makhlouf.
Radio station Shems FM report that at least five mortar shells and grad rockets were fired in the direction of Assad’s motorcade in the district of Qardaha.
Several relatives have been reported as injured or killed.
Qardaha (Arabic: قرداحة / ALA-LC: Qardāḥah) is a village in northwestern Syria, in the mountains overlooking the coastal town of Latakia.
Nearby localities include Kilmakho to the west, Bustan al-Basha to the southwest, Harf al-Musaytirah to the southeast and Muzayraa to the north.
According to the Syria Central Bureau of Statistics, Qardaha had a population of 8,671 in 2004. It has a predominantly Alawite population and is the traditional home of the Assad family.