There has been widespread condemnation of the Syrian government’s latest crackdown on protesters in the city of Hama.
On Sunday night thousands of residents held a vigil for those who’ve been killed in the military tank-led assault. Unconfirmed reports claim at least 130 people have died. Washington has strongly criticised the violence and Britain, France and Germany want the UN to meet.
Hama, which is a stronghold of opposition against President Bashar al-Assad, has been under siege for weeks. Syrian state news said the military had entered the city to purge armed groups terrorising citizens.
Syria has expelled most independent journalists since the anti-Assad unrest began in March. Verifying accounts is therefore difficult.
In the capital Damascus, demonstrators took to the streets in protest at the government’s storming of Hama on the eve of the holy month of Ramadan.