Dozens killed as Syria army storms Hama: doctor

By Khaled Yacoub Oweis, Daily Star, Beirut

A view shows the smoke rising in the city of Hama in this still image taken from video Sunday. Read more: (The Daily Star :: Lebanon News ::

AMMAN: Syrian tanks firing shells and machineguns stormed the city of Hama on Sunday, killing at least 45 civilians in a move to crush demonstrations against President Bashar al-Assad’s rule, residents and activists said.

Assad’s forces began their assault on the city, scene of a 1982 massacre, at dawn after besieging it for nearly a month. The state news agency said the military entered Hama to cleanse it of armed groups “shooting intensively to terrorize citizens”.

A U.S. embassy official dismissed the official account, saying Syrian authorities had begun a war against their own people by attacking Hama. Britain and France, which had led European overtures toward Assad, also condemned the assault.

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(The Daily Star :: Lebanon News ::

Categories: Lebanon, Syria

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