Sunday, July 3, 2011

The Syrian army continues operations in Hama

The Syrian army has deployed tanks Sunday at the entrances to the city of Hama, two days after a huge demonstration against President Bashar al-Assad, report of residents and activists. "Dozens of people were arrested in the vicinity of Hama. The authorities seem to have opted for a military solution to bring the city," said Rami Abdel Rahman, president of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights .

Hama, located 210 km north of Damascus, was the scene of the bloodiest repression in the modern history of Syria. President Bashar al-Assad has sacked the governor of Hama Saturday after a protest by hundreds of thousands of people in the city against his regime. Further south, the soldiers were deployed Saturday to major roads in the center of the city of Hama and "heavy fire" have been heard in the night, he said.

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