DAMASCUS, Aug. 1 (Xinhua) -- Syria's state-run television aired late Monday an amateur video footage, showing armed men in the focal point city of Hama shooting at law-enforcement forces and dumping their bodies in the city's Orontes River.
The footage showed armed men holding rifles, some of them were masked and dressed in rags, shooting at law-enforcement members in Hama and dumping their bodies in the Orontes River while shouting "God is great."
In the same context, the official SANA news agency quoted an unnamed official as saying that armed groups have "started an intensive armed attack" on Monday's eve using live ammunition and Molotov against a number of official headquarters and police stations in the central province of Hama.
The source said the gunmen are carrying guns and roaming the city on motorcycles, adding that army units are still carrying out their missions there in eliminating barricades and barriers set up by those "saboteurs."
Meanwhile, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad visited Monday a number of wounded army officers and policemen at the Military Tishrin Hospital in Damascus, whom the authorities say were gunned down by "armed gangs."
Syria said hundreds of policemen and security officers were killed and many others wounded by alleged armed groups it blames for the four-month-old unrest in the country.
Earlier Monday, Lt. Gen. Riyad Hadad, head of the political department in the Syrian army, said Syria is facing the "closing chapter" of the conspiracy.
In an interview published by al-Baath newspaper on Monday, Hadad said the army is ready to make every sacrifice to safeguard the security of the country.
Since the unrest began in mid March, Hama has been one of the hottest centers of the demonstrations, with thousands protesting every week to press demands for the downfall of the leadership.
The city has a storied history of rebellion against the Syrian leadership and was a stronghold of the banned Muslim Brotherhood, which staged a bloody rebellion in 1982.