Unidentified gunmen assassinated Syrian parliament member Waris al-Yunis in the central province of Hama, a parliamentary source told AFP on Wednesday.

“An armed group opened fire on MP Waris al-Yunis’s car as it travelled on the Hama-Salamiyah road at around 9:00 pm (1800 GMT) on Tuesday evening, killing him instantly,” the source told AFP.

Yunis was a representative from the coastal province of Tartus, a stronghold of support for President Bashar al-Assad, and a bastion of the Alawite minority sect to which the embattled leader belongs. […]