300 Dead in Hama in 6 Days

The al-Assad family has long been killing people in Hama. Yet, the city endures as a center of resistance.

alArabiya: At least 58 civilians have been killed by the Syrian army and security forces in Hama on Friday, raising the death toll in the flashpoint city to 300 in six days, local coordination committees said, according to Al Arabiya TV.

Witnesses told Al Arabiya Hama residents were not able to attend weekly Friday prayers in mosques due to heavy shooting and shelling by tanks and security forces.

The fierce crackdown on Hama – where thousands were killed in 1982 when security forces crushed an anti-government uprising – has prompted solidarity protests in various towns across Syria.

Seven people were killed in Irbin, two in Damir, and one in Maadamiya, all near Damascus, and three in Homs,” Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, told AFP by telephone.

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