Syrian troops raid Hama homes, residents say

August 31, 2011 08:35

AMMAN - Syrian troops backed by tanks raided houses looking for activists in two main districts of the city of Hama on Wednesday, residents said.

Syrian authorities said the army had withdrawn from Hama this month after a 10-day assault to crush pro-democracy protests against the rule of President Bashar Assad, who has sent the military to numerous towns and cities across the country to crush the five-months of street protests.

"Several light tanks and tens of small and big buses parked at Al-Hadid bridge at the eastern entrance of Hama. Hundreds of troops then went on foot into al-Qusour and Hamdiya neighbourhoods. The sound of gunfire is being heard," Abdelrahman, a local activist, told Reuters by phone.

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