Amateur footage posted on the internet shows Syrian government troops moving to crush the uprising in the city of Hama, opening fire using tank shells and machine guns. Meanwhile official state TV footage purports to support government claims that the pro-democracy protesters are violent terrorists.
The government offensive was launched on Sunday, the eve of the Ramadan fast. The UN has struggled to agree to condemn the violence unleashed by President Bashar al-Assad, which has cost the lives of at least 140 demonstrators
guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 3 August 2011