August 4th, 2011
11:44 AM ET

In Hama, Syrian military siege persists

The military siege on the Syrian city of Hama persisted Thursday as new reports of deaths emerged, including injured people who have passed away in a hospital because they are without supplies and electricity, a resident told CNN.

The western Syrian city has been at the epicenter of the anti-government movement roiling the country, prompting a push by security personnel to crack down on the huge demonstrations there.

Residents reported a breakdown and cutoff in communications and electricity accompanying the siege, and said the military was bombing the city. The resident said entrances of city are blocked, with no one getting in and out and snipers stationed across the city. People who try to leave the city, he said, are being shot.

The man said he was sure that about 10 people are dead and dozens of people are injured. However, he said, he is hearing reports of dozens of deaths and said he was told there was "genocide" in one particular area. Activists have said many civilians may have died as the military and security forces take hold of the city.

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  1. Linda

    CNN!!! please stop scaring the world with multiple breaking news about the market being down!! please everyone is able to come up with their own conclusions, but why do you have to make it worse!!

    August 4, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  2. raven

    And this is just what we HEAR about .

    August 4, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  3. banasy

    I hear ya, sista.

    August 4, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |

    "People who try to leave the city, he said, are being shot."... so much for taking a vacation...

    August 4, 2011 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |