Syrian tanks occupy main Hama square, shell city

"All communications have been cut off. The regime is using the media focus on the Hosni Mubarak trial to finish off Hama," says resident.

By REUTERS
August 3, 2011 14:34
1 minute read.
Hama residents duck to avoid bullets in Syria

Hama residents duck to avoid bullets from Syrian army 311 R. (photo credit: REUTERS)

AMMAN - Syrian tanks occupied the main Orontes Square in central Hama after heavy shelling of the city on Wednesday, residents said.

"All communications have been cut off. The regime is using the media focus on the Hosni Mubarak trial to finish off Hama," one of the residents told Reuters by satellite phone from the city, adding that shelling concentrated on al-Hader district, large parts of which were razed during a 1982 military assault on Hama that killed thousands.

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