Syria tanks in Hama, shells Rastan

2012-04-11 18:40

Beirut - The Syrian army moved tanks into the centre of the city of Hama on Wednesday and also began shelling the town of Rastan, activists in Hama and Rastan said.

"At least 20 tanks are moving into the neighbourhoods of Dabagha and Mugayly in the centre of Hama city," an activist in Hama told Reuters.

From Rastan, on the highway between Homs and Hama, an activist said: "They have started heavily shelling Rastan now, like 20 minutes ago. They're using artillery."

The reports came less than an hour after Syrian state television quoted the Defence Ministry as saying army operations would cease on Thursday morning - the deadline for a ceasefire agreed between President Bashar al-Assad and UN peace envoy Kofi Annan.

  • Fred - 2012-04-11 19:22

    Shocking and predictable. Deeply disappointing that the world is allowing this to happen. Heartbreaking. Families heartlessly destroyed by the decision of one man, Bashar Assad, aided and abetted by another, Vladimir Putin. The world must act NOW. Forget about Russia, and China won't do anything. ACT NOW.

  • Fidel - 2012-04-11 20:57

    Military Interventionism in all its forms must be fought against. Nations must have the right to decide their future. Your calling for intervention in Syria, which may draw in neighbours. This foolish idea has been tried through ages and the outcomes have been death of civilians, maimed innocents, refugees, rubbles, collapse of social order, criminality, political conflicts and civil wars. Western intervention to "remedy" the damages ensuing from past Western foreign policy interventions aimed at stabilizing these regions. If this isn't theatre of the absurd, I don't know what is.

      Fred - 2012-04-11 21:23

      It is a last resort, when absolutely necessary. Failure to include the warrior's way in one's thinking allows the brutal violence against civilians you are witnessing and failing to understand. If the Russian regime wasn't helping Assad, it probably wouldn't be necessary. It may still not be. For starters the world, with or without Putin, must stand together and say no more, or else. Firmly and with clear intent. Weak pacifism, versus pacificism backed by a strong will, is a license for cruel barbarism.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-04-11 22:43

      ""Nations must have the right to decide their future"" Yessssssss, But they should not have the right to murder the opposition!!! Kofi Annan, a few weeks ago warned against it, That the Syrian civil war, can blow up, and spread around the ME. Getting very close.......Turkey could enter Syria within days...... Yes, and than you will see non Russian arms !!!!!

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