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Reuters Syrian army tanks firing shells and machineguns stormed the city of Hama on Sunday, killing at least 45 civilians in a move to crush demonstrations against President Bashar al-Assad's rule, residents and activists said,
The government forces began their assault on the city, scene of a 1982 massacre, at dawn after besieging it for nearly a month.
Citing hospital officials, the Syrian Observatory for human rights said the death toll was likely to rise, with dozens badly wounded.