Tanks storm Syria's Hama, residents say

July 31, 2011 07:07

AMMAN - Syrian tanks stormed the Syrian city of Hama early on Sunday, residents said, after nearly a month of surrounding the town which has seen some of the biggest demonstrations against President Bashar Assad's rule.

One of the residents, a doctor who did not want to be further identified for fear of arrest, told Reuters that at least one civilian, a youth called Fares al-Naem, was killed in shelling by tanks in Bab Sbahi area in the northern quarter of the city.

"Tanks are attacking from four directions. They are firing their heavy machine guns randomly and overrunning makeshift road blocks erected by the inhabitants," he said by phone, the sound of machine gun fire crackling in the background.

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