Resident of Hama says people are being randomly killed

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

BEIRUT (AP) -- The resident says families are burying their loved ones in gardens at home, because they're afraid that if they venture out to cemeteries, they'll also be killed.

It's the fifth day of a military offensive against anti-government dissent in Hama. According to human rights groups,

At least 100 people have been killed. Telephone and internet service, as well as electricity, have been cut or severely hampered for days.

The resident says people are being forced to ration food and share bread to get by during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Activists have expressed concern about humanitarian conditions there, saying medical supplies and bread were in short supply even before the latest siege.

The siege in Hama is part of a government effort to put down an uprising against President Bashar Assad's authoritarian rule. The protests have been gaining momentum in defiance of the crackdown.

(Copyright 2011 by the associated press. All rights reserved.)

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