'Syrian forces kill at least 24 in tank assault on Hama'

"Tanks attacking from four directions. They're firing heavy machine guns randomly and overrunning makeshift road blocks," doctor says.

Syrian army tanks 311 (R) (photo credit: REUTERS/Omar Ibrahim)
Syrian army tanks 311 (R)
(photo credit: REUTERS/Omar Ibrahim)
AMMAN - Syrian forces killed at least 24 civilians and wounded dozens in a major tank assault on the city of Hama that began at dawn on Sunday to crush pro-democracy demonstrations, residents said.
One of the residents, a doctor, said there were 51 people wounded at Badr hospital alone, which was running short of blood for transfusions. He said tanks had surrounded another main hospital, al-Horani.
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