Syrian troops held their fire in the hours after a UN-backed ceasefire took effect at dawn on Thursday, casting a silence over rebellious towns they had bombarded heavily in recent days.
But the lull did little to convince opposition activ
Syrian troops backed by tanks raided houses looking for activists in two main districts of the city of Hama on Wednesday, residents said.
Syrian authorities said the army had withdrawn from Hama this month after a 10-day assault to crush p
Syrian troops and gunmen loyal to President Bashar al-Assad stormed a town near the Turkish border on Saturday, burning houses and arresting 70 people, witnesses said, in wide-ranging military assault to crush a three month uprising.