Aug. 12 - Burned out buildings and empty streets in Hama after a violent government crackdown. Julie Noce reports.
Burned out shops and deserted streets are all that remain for residents in Hama, Syria. Since Thursday, the government has been giving tours of the city to foreign journalists-- hoping to portray a sense of calm and control. But scars from a week long, bloody crackdown by Syrian forces are still visible...Burned out vehicles, buildings peppered with machine gun bullets, and a police headquarters building reduced to rubble. The city has become a symbol in the uprising against the 11 year rule of President Bashar al-Assad. Human rights groups say 17-hundred civilians have been killed throughout the country so far... while Syrian forces say 500 of their police or army have been killed. Julie Noce, Reuters.