A draft resolution that the United Nations Security Council may pass today cites Syria for “widespread violations of human rights and the use of force against civilians,” and calls for an “immediate end to all violence,” Reuters reports.Meanwhile, in a sign that the government continues not to care very much what the U.N. thinks, Syrian tanks rolled into central Hama today, continuing the brutal siege of the city, a bastion of the Syrian uprising. Hama has endured three days of heavy shelling, causing nearly two hundred civilian casualties.
Army tanks have reportedly occupied Assi Square, the site of the city’s largest protests, and snipers have taken up position atop surrounding buildings. The Local Coordination Committee, a Hama-based opposition group, said the soldiers were firing upon residents trying to flee the city, and that several buildings had collapsed after heavy shelling, according to the New York Times.
The Times called today’s events a “decisive step” by President Bashar Al Assad “to crush opposition to his rule.”
Some have speculated that the Assad regime timed the Hama crackdown to coincide with the beginning of the Hosni Mubarak trial in Egypt, hoping the latter would draw attention away from the assault.
The brutal crackdown over the last three days in Hama has reportedly spurred to action those Security Council members, like Russia and China, who were previously loathe to make Syria “another Libya.” neighbouring Lebanon, which hosted a Syrian occupation from 1976 to 2005, is expected to vote against or abstain from the resolution.
NOW WATCH: Briefing videos
Business Insider Emails & Alerts
Site highlights each day to your inbox.