President Obama harshly condemned the Syrian government under President Bashar al-Assad for recent violence against its citizens in a Sunday statement.

Obama also promised the U.S. would stand with the Syrian people.

"I am appalled by the Syrian government’s use of violence and brutality against its own people. The reports out of Hama are horrifying and demonstrate the true character of the Syrian regime," Obama said.


Syrian security forces killed dozens in Hama the day before Ramadan after activists promised to escalate protests against Assad's government during the holy month. As many as 100 have been reported dead. 

"Once again, President Assad has shown that he is completely incapable and unwilling to respond to the legitimate grievances of the Syrian people. His use of torture, corruption and terror puts him on the wrong side of history and his people," Obama said.

Obama vowed to support the Syrian people as they attempt to unseat the government.

"Syria will be a better place when a democratic transition goes forward," Obama said. "In the days ahead, the United States will continue to increase our pressure on the Syrian regime, and work with others around the world to isolate the Assad government and stand with the Syrian people."

Foreign media have been banned from Syria since the protests began in March but social media dispatches have painted a picture of a nation in a state of uprising and a regime desperate to cling to power. Obama said the latest outbreak of violence ensures Assad's government will soon be gone.

"Through his own actions, Bashar al-Assad is ensuring that he and his regime will be left in the past, and that the courageous Syrian people who have demonstrated in the streets will determine its future," Obama said.