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More Than 100 Dead as Syrian Government Aims to Silence Revolt

A protestor burns a portrait of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad during a May demonstration.(MUSTAFA OZER/AFP/Getty Images)

photo of Olga Belogolova
August 1, 2011

At least 100 people died across Syria on Sunday, when President Bashar al-Assad’s troops launched an attack on protesters in Hama and several other towns, according to The Washington Post.

It was the second-bloodiest day since the protests began in March, as security forces attempted to crack down on protests in several locations simultaneously. The government’s raids left 74 dead in Hama, which has emerged as a central point for the protest movement, according to The Post.

The attacks came just before the Muslim holy month of Ramadan began Monday, during which activists have promised to escalate the revolt, as frequent gatherings in mosques should further rally the protesters.

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