In February 1982, the Baathist regime of Hafez al-Assad (the father of Syria's current president) sent troops into Hamah
, an agricultural town in the eastern part of the country, to stamp out a revolt by the Muslim Brotherhood and the local Sunni Muslim community.
He then moved to Hamah
before heading to Aleppo, Damascus and the rural areas, and he ended his journey in Palmyra.
On Tuesday, the Syrian Army and popular forces pushed their way further into militant-held areas and came closer to a key town in the Eastern part of Hamah
province, imposing heavy casualties in heavy clashes with militants in the region, military sources.
Meanwhile, fierce battles are still going on between them, on one hand, and the regular troops, the Lebanese Hezbollah fighters and other pro-regime local militias, on the other, in the northern governorates Idlib and Aleppo, the central Hamah
governorate, and other parts of the country.
Since November 2011, al-Nusrah Front has claimed nearly 600 attacks--ranging from more than 40 suicide attacks to small arms and improvised explosive device operations--in major city centers including Damascus, Aleppo, Hamah
, Dara, Homs, Idlib, and Dayr al-Zawr.
The same goes for the actions of late Syrian President Hafez Assad, also against the Muslim Brotherhood, in what is known as the Hamah
Massacre, when hundreds of Muslim Brotherhood members were arrested, killed and displaced for allegedly spreading chaos; or the actions of late Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, who ordered several massacres, foremost among them the Halabjah massacre, where chemical weapons were used, claiming the lives of nearly 10,000 Iraqis.
243-44, 285: The expression wa-bi-saadatihi on the dirhams of Damascus and Hamah
struck in 658 is worthy of further comment.
In one of the towns near the Syrian city of Hamah
, the residents sent SOS messages to save them from the diseases that could be caused by the unattended corpses scattered along the streets.
intense--namely Homs, Idlib, Hamah
, and Dara'a (see Figure 2,
Fierce fighting broke out between the FSA and the regular troops in Al-Maloush village on the outskirts of Tall Abyadh in Al-Raqqah Governorate, Hamah
In contrast, Hamah
in Syria, saw just 9C on Sunday, with even holiday hot-spot Corfu, in Greece, at only 16C.
Yesterday, the pro-government forces pushed their way further into militant-held areas and came closer to a key town in the Eastern part of Hamah
province, imposing heavy casualties in heavy clashes with militants in the region, military sources said on Tuesday.