Earlier today the Syrian Army has positioned tanks at the entry and exit of Hama town, AFP reports, citing activists and local citizens. It appears the city is sealed off.
This happens two days after Hama has seen the biggest protest in the three-month history of uprisings against Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad.
“Dozens of people in Hama outskirts have been arrested. The authorities have obviously taken a decision to use the army to get control of the town”, Rami Abdel Rahman, President of Syria’s Human Rights Observatory said. Hama, located 120 km to the north of Damascus, has the sad fame for the the Hama Massacre occurred in February 1982, when the Syrian Army, under the orders of the president of Syria Hafiz al-Assad, quelled an uprising of Sunni Muslims against his regime with an iron fist, killing 30,000 people.
(Sources: AFP, Focus; 3 July 2011)