Siege of Baniyas

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.

Siege of Baniyas
Part of the Civil uprising phase of the Syrian civil war
Planned byGen. Fo’ad Hamoudeh
Gen. Ramadan Ramadan
Gen. Ghassan Afif[1]
ObjectiveSuppress protests
Date7–14 May 2011
(1 week)
Executed by Syrian Army
OutcomeProtests suppressed
Casualties10 protestors killed[3]
400 arrested[4]
1-6 soldiers killed[5]

Preceding Events

During 9 April, 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 the security forces and protesters. Between three and six were reportedly shot dead, while one police officer was reportedly killed by unknown gunmen.[6]

On 14 April, snipers killed a Syrian Army soldier in Baniyas.[7]

The operation

On 7 May, following the successful operation against protestors in Daraa, Syrian Army units enter Baniyas from three directions. They advanced into Sunni districts of the multi-ethnic town. Heavy gunfire was reported as the operation started.[8]

The next day, some 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.[9]

On 14 May, the military started to pull out of the city, after their operation ended.[10]

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