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Syrian troops killed 22 in Hama says rights group

Reuters/Khaled al-Hariri

Syrian troops killed at least 22 people in an assault on the flashpoint central city of Hama on Tuesday, according to human rights groups. 

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The National Organisation for Human Rights also said troops wounded more than 80 people as they pushed through improvised roadblocks erected by residents after massive huge anti-government protests in the city.

The United States State Department urged the Syrian government to withdraw its troops from Hama and other cities.

A spokesperson said Washington was "very concerned about the ongoing attacks against peaceful demonstrators in Syria".

Meanwhile London-based watchdog Amnesty International accused the authorities of committing crimes against humanity in its crackdown on the protests which have rocked the country since mid-March.

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