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Sunday, August 7, 2011

Rights group: 8 babies die after power cut to Syrian hospital!

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By the CNN Wire Staff, / August 7, 2011 -- Updated 1235 GMT (2035 HKT).

(CNN) -- A Syrian human rights group says eight premature infants dependent on incubators died after authorities cut power to a hospital in the embattled city of Hama as part of a renewed crackdown on anti-government demonstrators calling for an end to President Bashar al-Assad's reign.

The babies died at Hurani Hospital in the northwest Syrian city on Wednesday, Rami Abdul-Rahman, president of the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said Sunday. Abdul-Rahman cited information provided by a hospital employee who fled the city on Saturday.

CNN cannot independently verify the account. The Syrian government could not immediately be reached for comment.

The allegation came as reports surfaced that Syrian troops rolled into the northeastern city of Deir Ezzor with tanks and bulldozers and stormed the western town of Hula early Sunday morning.

Four civilians were killed in two neighborhoods in Deir Ezzor after Syrian troops raided, according to Abdul-Rahman, who confirmed the names of the deceased with sources on the ground.

Kuwait and the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf, a union of countries located on the Arabian Peninsula, called Sunday for an end to the violence in Syria.

In a written statement, the council called on Syria "to put an end to the bloodshed and resort to wisdom, and make serious reforms necessary." Kuwait's Foreign Ministry, in a separate statement to state-run news agency KUNA , demanded Syria "initiate real reforms that meet the legitimate needs of the Syrian people."

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