Ma'an News reports as a UN delegation arrives in Damascus, Syrian forces are scurrying to erase bloody evidence from their 'crackdown' in Latakia prior to the delegate's inspections.
Security forces were seen scrubbing blood off the streets and walls of al-Ramel refugee camp ahead of the cross-agency mission’s anticipated arrival in the port city, which has faced a week of attacks.
It fits "perfectly with the version of events which the regime is denying: that there was an attack on Latakia camp, home to thousands of UN registered Palestinian refugees who were forced to flee as they came under fire," the diplomat said.
Security forces have said their campaign targeted "armed men" who "opened fire on residents" in Latakia, but witnesses said the assault began after a small group held a peaceful demonstration.
On Saturday, Assad regime officials brought state television crews to one section of Latakia which had been opened to inspection, rights activists told Ma'an. Prior to filming, however, security forces scrubbed off dried, days-old blood from the streets and planted flowers in a bid to present the area as a regular public space.