Syria Opposition: Assad's Forces Kill 102, Despite Ongoing UN Mission

Reports say killings mostly take place following attack by Syrian forces on city of Hama, where 57 people were killed in a concentrated shelling of one neighborhood.

Syria opposition forces said Thursday that 102 people were killed by President Bashar Assad's security forces in the previous day, indicating that this figure included 57 civilians killed during shelling of one neighborhood in the city of Hama.

Reports of killings in Syria have continued to stream out of the war-torrn state, despite a UN-led attempt to bring a halt to the government's ongoing crackdown of opposition forces and activists.

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Speaking late last week, peace envoy Kofi Annan's deputy, former Palestinian foreign minister Nasser al-Kidwa, criticized both sides, but particularly government forces, for refusing to stop fighting completely.

"We don't see much of a ceasefire," he told France 24 television. "The situation of course is not good. There are many reasons to be worried by the lack of implementation, at least lack of full implementation by Syrian government and perhaps some other parties as well."

Speaking on Thursday, opposition forces reported that 102 people died throughout the country on Wednesday, with 71 deaths reportedly coming from the city of Hama, along with killings in Daraa, Idlib, and around Damascus.

According to the report, 57 of those who were killed in Hama were the result of a concentrated shelling of the city's Musha al-Tayar neighborhood, including 13 children.

Hama, a flashpoint of violence since the onset of anti-Assad protests, is infamous as being the site of a 1982 massacre perpetrated by the security forces of Syria's former President Hafez Assad, with reports of between 10,000 and 25,000 dead.

Meanwhile, UN monitors continued their tour of the country, visiting the city of Douma, where the city's residents said security forces ceased attacking prior to the arrival of the UN officials.