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Syrians Rally Against Assad’s Rule, Undeterred by Violence

Syrian forces shelled the city of Hama and fired on demonstrators in other cities as the Gulf Cooperation Council denounced the government’s “excessive use of force” against protesters.

Tanks attacked residential areas in Hama, the country’s fourth-largest city, Al Arabiya and Al Jazeera reported yesterday, citing unidentified activists. Hama has been a center of protests against President Bashar al-Assad. One civilian was killed in the shelling, Al Jazeera reported, citing activists.