Syria: Soldiers kill dozens in Hama after UN visit

Associated Press
This image made from video made available by Syrian TV shows United Nations observers during a visit to Homs, Syria, Saturday, April 21, 2012.  Five U.N. truce monitors ventured Saturday into the heart of the Syrian uprising, one of the hardest-hit opposition strongholds, and were thronged by residents clamoring for foreign military help to oust President Bashar Assad. Activists said Homs, which has been battered by tank and mortar shells fired by regime forces for weeks, was relatively calm during the visit, except for the sound of sporadic gunfire, and that troops pulled armored vehicles off the streets.(AP Photo/Syria TV via AP video) TV OUT SYRIA OUT

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BEIRUT (AP) — Anti-regime activists say Syrian government forces have attacked the central city of Hama, killing more than 30 people one day after a visit by U.N. observers monitoring the country's shaky cease-fire.

Rami Abdul-Rahman, the head of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, says 33 people were killed Monday in shooting attacks throughout the city, some with heavy-caliber machine guns.

Other activists gave different numbers and reported shelling, while videos posted online showed smoke rising from apartment towers and blood in the streets.

The U.N. has an eight-person team in Syria to observe a tenuous cease-fire between regime forces and rebels that is supposed to allow for talks on a solution to the country's crisis.

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