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or Ha·mah  (hä′mä)
A city of western Syria south-southwest of Aleppo. Settled probably in the Bronze Age, it was a Hittite center in the second millennium bc and is mentioned in the Bible as Hamath.


(Placename) a city in W Syria, on the Orontes River: an early Hittite settlement; famous for its huge water wheels, used for irrigation since the Middle Ages. Pop: 439 000 (2005 est). Biblical name: Hamath


(ˈhɑ mɑ, hɑˈmɑ)

a city in W Syria, on the Orontes River. 176,640. Biblical name, Ha•math (ˈhɑ mɑθ, hɑˈmɑθ)
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The Arabic-language al-Watan daily reported that the warplanes bombed Al-Nusra's strongholds in the towns and villages of al-Latamina, Kafr Zita, Latmin, al-Arba'een and al-Zahah in Northern Hama.
SANA's reporter in Hama said that after seizing control of the two villages, the army units consolidated their military points in the villages and their surroundings and began to dismantle IEDs and mines planted by Daesh (ISIS) terrorists.
BEIRUT: For more than a month, insurgents fighting President Bashar Assad's forces had been on the march in central Syria, getting within a few kilometers of the fourth-largest city of Hama.
The mass displacement took place between Aug 28 and Sept 5 from northern rural Hama and the north-western countryside of Hama toward neighbouring villages and Hama City itself, UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric told the regular noon briefing here.
A series of air strikes in northern Hama killed at least 25 civilians, including six children, said the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
Syria's army has carved a bulwark of territory from Damascus through the cities of Homs and Hama to the western coast by defeating other, less powerful militias including rebels fighting under the banner of the Free Syrian Army.
Syria: Syrian rebels have warned two Christian towns in the central region of Hama they will be attacked if they do not evict pro-regime fighters, according to a video distributed by a watchdog on Saturday.
Internet footage showed graffiti dotting walls in Hama, reading: "Hafez died and Hama did not, Bashar will die and Hama will never die".
The AA correspondent reported that intense security measures had been taken inside and around Hama in north of Syria and a number of tanks had been deployed around the city as well as Idlib city's town of Maarrat al Numan.
Hama is also uniquely situated: It was the site of one of the most brutal crackdowns in modern Middle Eastern history, when Syrian President Bashar Assad's father, Hafez, killed 100,000 to put down an Islamist uprising in 1982; and indeed, Islamism is more pervasive in Hama than in most other Syrian cities (the absence of members of the Assad family's Alawite sect was a large reason why the regime decided to withdraw).
On Monday, Syrian forces sealed off Hama and blocked the roads leading in, an apparent attempt to retake the city one month after security forces withdrew from it.
Syrian tanks surrounded Hama on Tuesday, residents and activists said, threatening a large-scale assault on the city after the biggest protests against President Bashar al-Assad's rule.