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Syrian city of Deir Ezzor under heavy government shelling for seventh day

Last modified: 28 Jun 2012 18:23

The eastern Syrian city of Deir Ezzor continues to be heavily shelled by government tanks and artillery for the seventh straight day in a bid to take back the city that is under almost complete control by the opposition. Activists confirmed to Avaaz that more than 100 people have been killed in the attacks - not including those killed on Thursday, according to Avaaz, the rights group.

Activists said the government threatened all hospitals in the city not to treat those injured in the attacks, ordering them to close and targeting those who refused with mortar rounds, including Sayed and Nour hospitals. Red Crescent teams are being targeted by snipers located on rooftops - one SARC medic, Bachar al Yousef, was shot dead by a sniper while attempting to administer first aid to the injured.

 Water and electricity have also been cut off across the city.  

The government forces stormed into the city of Deir Ezzor at 6am this morning with dozens of tanks that pounded residential neighbourhoods, especially Archa, Jabila, Sheikh Yassine, Hamidia, Mouazafin and Port Said.