AMMAN, July 5 Syrian forces and gunmen loyal to
President Bashar al-Assad shot dead at least six civilians in
the second day of raids on the city of Hama on Tuesday to crush
protests against his rule, residents and activists said.
They said the dead included two brothers, Baha and Khaled
al-Nahar, who were killed at a roundabout in the city, with the
attacks focusing on the al-Souk area and al-Hader district north
of the Orontes river, which divides the city of 650,000 people.
Tanks, which deployed around Hama on Monday, remained
surrounding the city, but did not enter, they added.
(Reporting by Khaled Yacoub Oweis; editing by Jason Neely)