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Syrian activists report wave of violence in Hama

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BEIRUT (AP) -

Syrian activists have reported a surge of bloodshed in the central Hama province with at least 23 people killed -- and possibly many more.

The exact circumstances of the violence were impossible to independently confirm late Wednesday.

Rami Abdul-Rahman, the head of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, says he has gathered the names of 23 people killed in shelling and other attacks. But the Local Coordination Committees, an activist group, says at least 78 were dead.

The violence in Syria has grown increasingly chaotic in recent months, and it is difficult to assign blame for much of the bloodshed as the country spirals toward civil war.

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