At Least 16 Killed in Last 48 Hours
(New York) – Syrian security forces responded to a large
peaceful protest on July 1, 2011, in Syria’s central city of Hama with a series
of deadly raids, killing at least 16 people in the last 48 hours, Human Rights
Watch said today. Security forces and pro-government armed groups, known
locally as shabiha, raided homes, opening fire several times, and set up
checkpoints encircling Hama, Syria’s fourth-largest city.