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August 4, 2011 9:40 pm

Assad’s Siege Of Hama Continues

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WSJ – BEIRUT—Gunmen in plainclothes randomly shot people in the streets of the besieged Syrian city of Hama as families buried loved ones in gardens at home for fear of venturing out to cemeteries, a resident said Thursday.

The continued violence in Hama came as the U.S. expanded its sanctions against Syrian insiders and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev offered some of Moscow’s harshest criticisms yet of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Mr. Medvedev told Russian news agencies he has told Syria’s ruler that he will face a “sad fate” if he fails to introduce reforms in his country and open a peaceful dialogue with the opposition.

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