Aug. 2 - As forces loyal to Bashar al-Assad continue their crackdown across Syria, rights activists say the death toll has reached 137 since Sunday. Nick Rowlands reports.
NOTE: REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE CONTENT OF THIS VIDEO, WHICH HAS BEEN OBTAINED FROM A SOCIAL MEDIA WEBSITE. The violent crackdown on opposition to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the city of Hama continues. According to residents, three more civilians were killed on Tuesday when pro-Assad militia opened fire on a car laden with food. The military occupation is preventing inhabitants from reaching the cemetery, and these newly dug graves are purportedly all for people killed in Hama over the last few days. Witnesses say tanks began pounding Hama after evening prayers on Monday, the first day of Ramadan, and that the authorities have cut power to parts of the city. Human rights groups say assaults by Assad's forces across Syria killed at least 27 civilians on Monday and Tuesday, bringing the death toll to 137 in the last three days, 93 of them in Hama. Large solidarity marches were said to have taken place across the country in support of the besieged city, including in Damascus. The Syrian government continues to blame most of the violence on "armed terrorist groups". Nick Rowlands, Reuters.