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Crackdown continues in Syria despite access to Hama

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Crackdown continues in Syria despite access to Hama


A group of Turkish journalists has been escorted around the Syrian city of Hama, as the government tries to show the military presence has been reduced. There are no tanks on the streets, but things are eerily quiet.

The journalists were allowed access the day after it was announced the army had pulled out of the city, which endured a week-long assault and a number of deaths, as the government cracked down on protesters.

Nevertheless, many people say they are still determined to fight for change. Mohammed, who lives in Hama is one of them: “They have been ruling us for 50 years. Assad’s rule has lasted 50 years. We are speaking to Assad directly when we say, we will remove you by force. We are on our own. Look at us, we have nothing. They attacked us with tanks. They attacked us by airplane. They attacked us with every means within their power, and we have nothing.”

Meanwhile, despite threats of new US sanctions, the violence continues. Activists claim Syrian forces killed at least 17 people in raids near the Lebanon border, and in Homs, it is believed another three people were killed in an overnight raid.

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