Report: Damascus warns Alawites to flee capital as Syrian forces crumble under rebel offensive

According to the Jeddah-based ‘Okaz’ daily newspaper, Syria’s Intelligence services have alerted various Alawite families to arrive in Latakia within 48 hours.

Reports emerged Sunday suggesting that the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad has hit a breaking point and is struggling under extreme duress.

According to the Jeddah-based Okaz daily newspaper, a sister publication of the Saudi Gazette, Syria’s Intelligence services have alerted various Alawite families in Damascus that it deems important to vacate their residences and arrive in Latakia in 48 hours.

The Alawite Sect’s ancestral homeland, Latakia, which hosts Syria’s premier port, has been the subject of a determined offensive by unified rebel and Islamist forces in recent days. On Friday, sources belonging to rebel groups boasted that their battles against the Syrian army were taking place in the highlands of Jabal al-Akrad, a range that includes some of the highest peaks in Syria.

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