29.01.2012 05.Schwat. 5772
Activists' bodies dumped in street after capture during military offensive on Hama that began Wednesday; city has bloody history of opposition to Assad family rule.
The bodies of 17 men arrested by Syrian President Bashar Assad's forces during an armored assault this week on the city of Hama were found dumped in the streets after being shot in the head, activists said on Saturday.
The reported killings mark an escalation in a five-month military crackdown on Hama, 240 km (150 miles) north of Damascus, where armed rebels are now backing protesters after tanks stormed the conservative Sunni Muslim city in August….