Syrian security forces began a fresh assault on the city of Hama during Monday evening, killing at least four civilians.
The tank and heavy artillery fire followed Sunday’s eve of Ramadan attacks that activists said killed up to 130 people.
More intense shelling began after Ramadan evening prayers.
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu condemned the latest crackdown by Syrian troops, while on a visit to Norway. “We strongly condemn this because the timing and the methodology of this operation were very wrong,” he said.
“The timing, one day before Ramadan which is the month of peace in the Muslim world is a very wrong signal.”
As funerals were held for the victims of the weekend attacks, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad renewed his vow that the uprising would be quelled.
Commentators said he won’t let the Holy month stop him trying to break the city of Hama.