BBC News - Syrian unrest: 'Many deaths' as army attacks Hama
So it begins. The people of Syria seem to be stuck in the middle of an oil conflict, on top of dealing with a dictator who wants to crush them. What a tumultuous situation. May sanity and justice prevail.The Syrian army has stormed the western city of Hama, with residents saying that dozens of people have been killed and injured.
Hama, a hub of anti-government protest, has been besieged for nearly a month.
Locals have reported "intense gunfire" after troops and tanks moved into the city from several directions at dawn.
The army is signalling that it will not tolerate large-scale unrest ahead of the month of Ramadan, when protests are expected to grow, correspondents say.
Syria has seen more than four months of protests against the rule of President Bashar al-Assad.