AMMAN - Syrian troops backed by armored vehicles on Sunday shot dead seven civilians when they overran a rebellious Sunni Muslim village west of the city of Hama, burning houses and arresting dozens of people, an activists' organization said.

Four women were among those killed in the village of Tamanaa in al-Ghab, a lush plain in the rural epicenter of the 14-month revolt against Syrian President Bashar Assad's rule, said the Syrian Network for Human Rights, an opposition activists' group monitoring the crackdown.

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