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Syrian army enters city of Hama

Syrian troops are raiding houses and arresting people in the central city of Hama, reports say, after massive anti-government protests there on Friday, according to the BBC. Residents had set tyres on fire and blocked roads to delay the movement of troops, who were arriving in busloads and “firing randomly”, residents said. Mean­while, tanks that were surrounding Hama have moved towards villages in the north, sparking fears of clashes there. And in Damascus, two protesters were reportedly shot dead on Sunday. The killings took place in the Hajjar al-Aswad suburb of the capital amid ongoing arrest campaigns there too, human rights activists said.

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