CNN said on Thursday that Avaaz, a global activist group, said that at least 109 people died in and around the Syrian city of Hama today, adding that Avaaz cited a medical source.This is in addition to the 30 killed Wednesday.
"The brutality continues in Hama on the fourth day of Ramadan. Communication with the city and surrounding area is very difficult as the electricity supply has been cut off," Avaaz said.
"However, Avaaz has been in touch with a medical source who confirms that 109 people have been killed since the early hours of the morning. Avaaz has been told that more have been injured and bodies are lying in the streets as ambulances and private vehicles are unable to get through."
One resident who spoke to CNN by satellite phone said injured people have died in hospitals because there is no electricity in the facilities.
Residents reported a breakdown and cutoff in communications and electricity accompanying the siege, and said the military was bombing the city.
The resident said entrances of the city are blocked, with no one getting in or out, adding that snipers are deployed across the city.
“People who try to leave the city are being shot,” he also said, adding that “he was told there was ‘genocide’ in one particular area of the city.”
But don't worry - Syria's "news" agency assures us that "Syrian Arab Army units are working to restore security, stability and normal life to Hama."