Posted at 09:44 AM ET, 08/01/2011

Syrian tanks storm cities as Ramadan begins


Protests continued throughout the night in the Syrian coastal city of Latakia. (Image from YouTube)
Over the last 48 hours, Syrian security forces launched a fierce attempt to crush the four-month-old rebellion against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, sending tanks into the city of Hama and storming several other towns in what appeared to be an effort to silence the revolt.

At least 100 people died across the country from machine gun fire and bombings.

Protests continued throughout the night across the country, in Damascus, Latakia, Homs, Aleppo, and Horan. In Hama, the epicenter of the revolt, the protest unfolded in complete darkness, because power had been cut in the city.

When shelling resumed in Hama in the early morning hours Monday, many people were returning home from dawn prayers to mark the beginning of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Watch a video of the protests in the coastal city of Latakia:

See a map of where the protests have taken place:


(Image from Google Maps)
(Via Storyful.)

Update, 2:32 p.m

The phrase “Ramadan Massacre” is now being used to describe the violence that happened Sunday and Monday. On Twitter, the hashtag #ramadanmassacre is the best place to find out what’s happening in Hama and other cities.

More footage of the protests and violence are also emerging on YouTube, many of it shot with pen cameras or smuggled phones, according to FastCompany.com. Some of the smuggling may have happened at the Turkish-Syrian border, where friends in Turkish towns can help smuggle SIM cards to Syrian refu­gee camps.

This grainy video shows some of the heavy fighting taking place in Hama today:

Many news sources for the Syria uprising have shared shocking videos, such as of a corpse of a Syrian man being taken to a makeshift morgue. See more videos at Syrian Observatory on YouTube.

The London-based Syria Observatory Human Rights,which has disseminated information daily on the protests, is now calling for Syrians across the country to hold a general strike.

By  |  09:44 AM ET, 08/01/2011

 
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