Death toll in Syrian city Hama rises to 13


Syrian security forces are reported to have killed 13 civilians during the second day of clashes in Syrian city of Hama. Army tanks were still surrounding Hama, days after it witnessed some of the biggest protests against Assad’s rule since a 14-week uprising erupted in March.

France called on the United Nations to adopt a firm stance in the face of “ferocious armed repression.”

Hama is located 180km ( 112 miles) north of the capital Damascus.

The attacks focused on two districts north of the Orontes River, which splits the city in half. Residents said the dead included two brothers, Baha and Khaled al-Nahar.