Syrian forces continue to shoot civilian protesters in the city of Hama as the regime of President Bashar al-Assad tries to seize control of an opposition stronghold. At least 100 people have reportedly been killed in the last 24 hours, pushing the weekly toll to more than 250. At her news conference in Washington, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the Assad regime has killed more than 2,000 people during the five-month popular uprising.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton: “We’ve seen the Assad regime continue and intensify its violent assault against its own people this week. Sometimes you lose sight of the incredible tragedy unfolding on the streets by just looking at the numbers, which are so numbing, but the shooting death of a one-year-old recently by the Syrian regime’s tanks and troops is a very stark example of what is going on. We think, to date, the government is responsible for the deaths of more than 2,000 people of all ages. And the United States has worked very hard to corral and focus international opinion to take steps toward a unified response to the atrocities that are occurring.”