‘24 killed in Syria's latest protests’
Beirut, Aug 6: The Syrian military tightened its suffocating siege on the city of Hama today, and activists said security forces killed at least 24 civilians the day before in a nationwide crackdown on anti-government protesters.
A Hama resident said tanks shelled the city last night, which resulted in several casualties. He said there were reports that at least one of the hospitals in the city had been targeted.
Authorities have imposed a media blackout on Hama and the reports could not be immediately confirmed.
The resident sneaked out of besieged Hama yesterday to try and get supplies, and spoke to The Associated Press by phone today from an area on the outskirts of the city.
"I am trying to get back but it's impossible, they've tightened the siege even more, not even an ant can go in or out today," he said.
Under the relentless clampdown, residents yesterday warned that medical supplies were running out and food was rotting after six days without electricity. AP
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