Riots escalate in central Syrian province of Hama: report

18:00, July 05, 2011      

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Riots in Syria's central province of Hama is escalating as young protestors blocked roads and sabotaged facilities, private al-Watan newspaper reported Tuesday.

The protesters, mostly aging between 15 and 25, blocked all the roads leading to the Hama city and set fire to trash containers and tires. Some of them broke into a recruitment department and were confronted by guards.

The paper quoted residents as saying that the escalation was triggered by the demonstrators' resentment with the sacking of Hama's governor and the arrest of rioters by security agents.

The residents called on the army to interfere quickly to " protect them from saboteurs and to bring back security and tranquility to the city," it said.

The city of Hama was the scene of a huge anti-government protest last Friday, in which activists said around 500,000 people flooded the streets calling for the downfall of the government.

Syria has been in unrest since mid March when anti-government protests broke out in the southern province of Daraa and spread to other cities. Syria blamed the unrest on "armed groups and foreign conspiracy" and stressed that it would track down gunmen who have intimidated people and damaged public and private properties.

The government said hundreds of security agents and policemen were killed by gunmen since the eruption of protests. The opposition, however, accused the Syrian security forces of harshly cracking down on the protests.

Source: Xinhua
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
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