Government forces shelled civilian districts in the central city of Hama for a second day on Monday. Tank fire killed at least four people, adding to the 85 who reportedly died in Hama on Sunday, the bloodiest day yet of the uprising against the Bashar al-Assad regime.
The military crackdown has now cost an estimated 1,700 civilian lives. Western diplomats are trying to force a UN security council resolution condemning the violence
guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 2 August 2011