Syrian tanks deploy at Hama after large protest

By REUTERS
July 3, 2011 14:07

AMMAN - Syrian tanks have deployed at the entrances to the city of Hama, activists and residents said on Sunday, two days after it saw the largest protest against President Bashar Assad since an uprising began three months ago.

"Tens of people are being arrested in neighborhoods on the edges of Hama. The authorities seem to have opted for a military solution to subdue the city," Rami Abdel-Rahman, president of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, told Reuters.

Hama, 210 km north of Damascus, was the scene of the bloodiest episode in Syria's modern history, when troops killed up to 30,000 people in an assault in 1982 to put down an Islamist-led uprising against the iron rule of Assad's father, the late President Hafez Assad.


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