After killing nearly 100 people in the past two days, Syrian troops tightened their siege on the city of Hama today (August 2, 2011), by taking up positions near homes and sending residents fleeing for their lives, according to the Washington Post website.
The escalated crackdown on anti-government protests has already brought an international outcry and new European Union (EU) sanctions on members of President Bashar Assad's regime.
Today, Italy recalled its ambassador to Damascus, citing "horrible repression" of citizens.
President Barack Obama called the latest violence "horrifying." There was no immediate prospect, however, of a Libya-style bombing of Syria.