Twenty four killed in Syria`s latest protests

The Syrian military tightened its suffocating siege on the city of Hama.

Last Updated: Aug 06, 2011, 17:53 PM IST

Beirut: The Syrian military tightened its
suffocating siege on the city of Hama on Saturday, and activists
said security forces killed at least 24 civilians the day
before in a nationwide crackdown on anti-government
protesters.

A Hama resident said tanks shelled the city last night,
which resulted in several casualties. He said there were
reports that at least one of the hospitals in the city had
been targeted.

Authorities have imposed a media blackout on Hama and the
reports could not be immediately confirmed.

Beirut: The Syrian military tightened its
suffocating siege on the city of Hama on Saturday, and activists
said security forces killed at least 24 civilians the day
before in a nationwide crackdown on anti-government
protesters.

A Hama resident said tanks shelled the city last night,
which resulted in several casualties. He said there were
reports that at least one of the hospitals in the city had
been targeted.

Authorities have imposed a media blackout on Hama and the
reports could not be immediately confirmed.

Syrian government forces began their ferocious assault on
Hama on Sunday, cutting off electricity, phone services and
Internet and blocking supplies into the city of 800,000 as
they shelled neighbourhoods and sent in tanks and ground
raids.

It appeared to be an all-out attempt to take back the
city, which has a history of dissent, after residents all but
took it over since June, barricading it against the regime.
Rights group say at least 100 people have been killed, while
some estimates put the number as high as 250.

PTI