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Tuesday, 2 August 2011

WRAPUP 10-Syrian forces press Hama assault into Ramadan

AMMAN, Aug 1 (Reuters) - Syrian government forces pressed their assault on anti-government protestors in the city of Hama on Monday oblivious to a wave of condemnation from Western powers.

Tanks pounded residential neighbourhoods across the city after evening prayers marking the first day of Ramadam, the Muslim holy month.

Earlier on Monday, at least four civilians were killed by tank fire on the second day of attacks on the city where memories are still vivid of the brutal suppression of an uprising in 1982.

"The shells are falling once every ten seconds," one witness told Reuters by phone. The thump of artillery and explosions could be heard in the background.

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