Damascus: Syrian forces killed nearly
140 people on Sunday including 100 when the Army stormed the
flashpoint protest city of Hama to crush dissent on the eve of
Ramadan, activists said.
Activists said it was one of deadliest days in
Syria since demonstrators first took to the streets on March
15 demanding democratic reforms before turning their wrath on
the regime and calling for its ouster.
As reports of the brutal military crackdown on Hama
unfurled, Britain, Germany, France and Italy condemned the
violence while a US diplomat said it was "full-on warfare".
"It is one of the deadliest days" since the
protests erupted in mid-March, said Rami Abdel Rahman, the
head of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
Death tolls provided by the Observatory and other
human rights groups showed that at least 136 people were
killed across Syria -- with most of them falling in Hama.
"One hundred civilians were killed on Sunday in
Hama by gunfire from security forces who accompanied the army
as it stormed the city," said Abdel Karim Rihawi, head of the
Syrian League for the Defence of Human Rights.
Rihawi said five other people were killed in the
central city of Homs and three more in the northwestern
province of Idlib when security forces opened fire on
protesters who rallied in support of Hama.