At least 45 dead in Hama as Syrian tanks fire into crowds

Hama is historically significant because it was there that Bashar Assad's father massacred up to 20,000 people in the last uprising to rock the regime. Now, we can say with confidence: Like Father, like Son. Reuters: Syrian tanks firing shells and machineguns stormed the city of Hama Sunday, killing at least 45 civilians in a move to crush demonstrations against President Bashar al-Assad's rule, residents and activists said Assad's forces began their assault on the city, scene of a 1982 massacre, at dawn after besieging it for nearly a month. The official state news agency said scores of were on rooftops and "shooting intensively to terrorize citizens." But residents said tanks and snipers were shooting at unarmed residential districts, where inhabitants had set up makeshift road blocks to try and stop their advance, and that an irregular Alawite militia loyal to Assad, known as 'shabbiha' accompanied the invading forces in buses. The shabbiha play the dual role of murdering...(Read Full Post)