Syrian tanks shell Hama, heaviest barrage of assault-witnesses

AMMAN Aug 1 (Reuters) – Syrian tanks shelled residential neighbourhoods all over Hama on Monday in the heaviest barrage of a two-day attack on the city to crush street demonstrations against President Bashar al-Assad, witnesses said.

Intense shelling began after Ramadan evening prayers, concentrating on districts near the al-Bilal roundabout in the northwest of the city, the Jarajmeh district in the east and northern neighborhoods near the Omar bin al-Khattab mosque, they said.

“The shells are falling once every ten seconds,” one of the witnesses told Reuters by phone, and the thump of artillery and explosions could be heard in the background.

(af.reuters.com / 01.08.2011)

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