Syria Bulldozes Homes in Hama

Thousands forced out; clashes continue in Damascus
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Oct 1, 2012 4:00 AM CDT
A woman holds a child in front of their destroyed home in Tremseh, Syria about 15 kilometers (9 miles) northwest of Hama.   (AP Photo/Shaam News Network, SNN)

(Newser) – Syrian government forces are bulldozing large swaths of homes in Hama in a sweep that's uprooting thousands of residents, according to new videos. "So far they have razed 120 buildings," says one local. City blocks are being plowed over as officials go door-to-door asking residents to leave, CNN reports. "Some are still sleeping in the streets, and only a few of them remain in their homes," says another resident.

"The government wants to deny the activists popular support through leveling Meshaa Alarbaeen," adds one of the witnesses. "But this incident has only fueled more anger here." Meanwhile, clashes in Damascus are once again heating up, with gunfire audible in the streets, al-Jazeera reports. Some of the blasts are loud enough to suggest artillery fire. "Every one of them feels like an earthquake," says a resident. (Read more Syria stories.)

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