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    Syria Clashes Pick Up During Ramadan

    In this image made from amateur video released by the so-called Shams News Network, a loosely organized anti-Assad group and accessed via The Associated Press Television News on Sunday, July 31, 2011, a man who appears to be injured is transported by men on a motorcycle in the central city of Hama, Syria. Syrian troops kept up attacks on the restive city of Hama Monday, Aug. 1, 2011 the start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, a day after a brutal crackdown on anti-government protesters killed at least 70 and drew harsh rebukes from the U.S. and Europe. (AP Photo/APTN) THE ASSOCIATED PRESS CANNOT INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE CONTENT, DATE, LOCATION OR AUTHENTICITY OF THIS MATERIAL

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    The first day of Ramadan in Syria was a bloody one: The Syrian government killed six protesters in Damascus early Tuesday after killing 24 around the country Monday and about 140 on Sunday. According to witnesses to the overnight attack, government trucks with mounted machine guns pulled into the neighborhood of Erbin and opened fire on protesters who took to the streets after ending Ramadan prayers. The Syrian government has said it is defending itself from “armed gangs” that are backed by foreign powers.

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