Bloody Sunday in Syria: At least 136 killed in military operations

Published July 31st, 2011 - 03:50 GMT
Syria protest
Syria protest

At least 136 people were killed on Sunday, among them 100 in the city of Hama, when the Syrian military stormed several cities across the country, human rights activists said. Abdul Karim Rihawi, head of the Syrian League for the Defense of Human Rights, said “100 civilians were shot dead Sunday in Hama by security forces.”

According to AFP, Rihawi added that “five people were shot dead by security forces in several neighborhoods of Homs, whose residents took to the streets in support of the city of Hama.” On his part, Ammar Qorabi, who heads the National Organization for Human Rights, said that elsewhere, "19 people were killed in Deir Ezzor in the east, six more died in Harak in the south and one in al-Bukamal," near the border with Iraq.

The official SANA news agency reported two members of the security forces were killed on Sunday by "armed groups" in Hama. "Two law enforcement members were martyred by armed groups in Hama who set police stations on fire, vandalized public and private properties, set up roadblocks and barricades and burned tires at the entrance of the city and in its streets," SANA said.

The Syrian Observatory said the army also launched an operation against Muadhamiya in the Damascus region. "Security forces launched an offensive at 5:00 am (0200 GMT) on Muadhamiya from the north, with tanks blocking the southern, eastern and western entrances to the town," Abdul Rahman said.

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