05 Jul '11, 6pm

Death toll rises as Hama defies Syria army - Channel News Asia /@FLASH_NEWS #Syria

Death toll rises as Hama defies Syria army - Channel News Asia /@FLASH_NEWS #Syria

DAMASCUS: Security forces killed at least 11 people in Hama Tuesday while residents mobilised to keep Syria's army out, activists said as the United States urged the regime to withdraw from the flashpoint city. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, quoting medical sources, said the casualty toll had risen to 11 dead and more than 35 wounded in Hama, the hub of an anti-regime revolt which has been surrounded by the military. "Heavy gunfire has been heard in several districts" of the city, it said. The group said the body of one of those killed was dumped in the Orontes river of Hama, which is famous for its ancient watermills. The activists, contacted by telephone from Nicosia, said a child was among three people shot dead by security forces on Monday on the outskirts of the city, north of Damascus, that is home to 800,000 people. "Tanks are now posted at access routes t...

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