Activists in Syria insist that the anti-government protests are peaceful and that they are being brutally attacked by government forces using heavy weapons.
But state television presents a different picture, airing what it describes as armed men on the streets of Hama. The government says it is fighting armed gangs who attack the army and residents, closing down roads and manning checkpoints.
Meanwhile, international pressure is growing on Syria to end the bloodshed.
Al Jazeera's Rula Amin reports from Beirut in Lebanon.