New pictures have emerged from Syria purporting to show the extent of a government crackdown in Hama that activists say has killed at least 22 people.
Security forces are reported to have been rounding up dozens of people on the outskirts of the city that has seen some of the biggest protests in the popular uprising against President Bashar al-Assad.
Tanks are stationed outside Hama, which was the scene of a deadly crackdown on Islamist insurgents 30 years ago.
There are also claims of compelling evidence showing government crimes against humanity in Tel Kalakh. Human rights group Amnesty International said it investigated a crackdown on protests two months ago that it called a “brutal suppression of civilians.”
Amnesty’s Peter Clarke said ‘We’ve seen arbitrary detentions, we’ve seen deaths in custody and we’ve seen torture. We’re calling on the Security Council of the United Nations to bring this situation before the International Criminal Court because there are clear indications that there may have been crimes against humanity on a large scale.’
Specifically Amnesty claims to have found evidence that nine people died in custody during the clampdown describing it as a “devastating security operation” that appeared to be part of a systematic and widespread attack on the civilian population.