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Hama assault into second day as U.N. revives Syria debate

AMMAN (Reuters) – A two-day assault by Syrian government forces on anti-government protesters in the city of Hama was widely condemned in the West and prompted European powers to relaunch a dormant U.N. resolution condemning Damascus for its crackdown. Tanks pounded residential neighborhoods across the city after evening prayers on Monday, marking the first day of Ramadan, the Muslim holy month. Earlier, at least four civilians were killed by tank fire on the second day of attacks on the city where memories are still vivid of the brutal suppression of an uprising in 1982. “The shells are falling once every 10 seconds,” a witness told Reuters by phone. The thump of artillery and explosions…