Syrian security forces killed at least 142 yesterday in a bloody crackdown on Hama and other cities. The coordinated offensive was designed to crush resistance on the eve of Ramadan.
Hama had long been a stronghold for non-violent protest, including on Friday when 500,000 people rallied around a cleric who said “the regime must go,” according to Al Jazeera.
Tank-backed infantry firing shells and heavy machine guns swept into Hama at dawn and bombarded the city into the night, according to The National.
Activists said this may be the bloodiest day yet of the uprising that began five months ago.
President Assad said in a speech this morning his troops were “foiling the enemies” of Syria.
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