Army cordoned off entrances in Syria's Hama to eliminate barricades: paper

08:42, August 02, 2011      

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The army units did not enter the province of Hama but rather cordoned off its entrances from four sides and asked residents to work for eliminating all barricades and practice their normal life, the private al-Watan daily quoted residents as saying.

Some residents did not respond to the army's call but rather put up resistance and erected more barricades and set tires ablaze, the paper said, adding that some gunmen torched the Officers' Club in downtown Hama and seized all weapons found inside them, leaving three guards killed.

The paper said the governor of Hama, Anas al-Naem, had embarked on a dialogue with residents amid placations that the army would hunt down only those who had committed crimes, adding that dialogue went on for late hours in the night.

At Souran village in northern Hama, residents said "saboteurs" torched a number of official departments and attacked military forces and security detachments, leaving a number of army officers killed.

Meanwhile, a military source dismissed Monday media reports that tanks have entered the central province of Hama as " absolutely baseless."

The source, whose remarks were carried by Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), said when "armed terrorist groups" had cut off main roads and sub-roads in the city and tried to isolate it, army units intervened to open roads to bring the city back to normalcy.

However, the source added, army units were faced with armed attacks by "terrorist groups" that torched a number of police and army centers and smashed public properties.

Also, the Syrian Interior Ministry said in a statement that armed terrorist groups attacked Sunday official and security headquarters and police stations in Hama in an attempt to kill and kidnap some members there.

It said those groups had opened fire randomly at people to intimidate residents and prevent public servants from heading to their jobs, adding that law-enforcement troops had clashes with those groups, leaving one of their leaders killed.

In a related development, Lt. Gen. Riyad Hadad, head of the political department at the Syrian army, said Syria is facing the "closing chapter" of the conspiracy.

In an interview published by al-Baath newspaper on Monday, Hadad said the army is ready to make every sacrifice to safeguard the security of the country.

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