Syrian tank assaults kill 30: Rights group
, Tuesday 9 Aug 2011
Villages surrounding Hama the focus of vicious army attacks on Tuesday

Syrian forces killed at least 30 civilians in tank assaults on Tuesday in the countryside around the city of Hama and on a town near Turkey, the Syrian National Organisation for Human Rights said.

The Organisation, headed by dissident Ammar Qurabi, said in a statement that 26 people were killed and dozens wounded when troops backed by tanks and armoured vehicles overran Soran and other villages north of Hama, the focus of a 10-day assault to crush street protests against Assad's autocratic rule.

Four people were also killed in Binnish, around 30 km (19 miles) from the border with Turkey, in a similar attack on the town that has witnessed an escalation in protests demanding the removal of Assad during the fasting month of Ramadan, the organisation said.