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Lebanon - Feb 2, 2012 - 19:45

Last modified: 2 Feb 2012 16:45

Journalist Robert Fisk managed to enter Hama during the 1982 military assault which killed thousands of people.

He says he sat for 18 minutes next to a tank unit "as they shelled mosques in the Old City:

"It was a huge battle", he tells Al Jazeera from Beirut.