Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Arab Protestors Rocketed...and More

No, not in Israel.

In Yemen:-

Rockets hit a protest camp in Yemen's capital Sanaa, killing at least two people on Tuesday, witnesses said, on the third day of violence since the government's deadliest crackdown yet on pro-democracy demonstrations...Witnesses told Reuters at least three missiles struck the camp just after morning prayers at around 5am local time (0200 GMT).

"The rockets hit some men walking outside past a market. I have two dead," said Dr. Mohammed al-Qubati, the director of a field hospital at the protest camp on a site which the protesters have nicknamed Change Square. He said ten were hurt.

And how are we doing in Syria?

Syrian forces shot dead at least six villagers and two rebel soldiers on Monday, in a sweep of countryside north of the city of Homs, one of the most defiant regions in pro-democracy protests, activists and residents said.

Syria's ruling elite, from the country's Alawite minority sect, have intensified military assaults in the last few weeks to stop a six-month uprising that has triggered increasing defections among the mostly Sunni rank and file military.  The United Nations human rights division said pro-Assad forces had killed 2,700 protesters since an uprising demanding his removal started in March, including at least 100 children.

And in Libya:-

Nearly a month after Gaddafi was driven from power, his loyalist holdouts have beaten back repeated assaults by NTC forces at Bani Walid and Sirte, Gaddafi's birthplace. NTC fighters have been sent fleeing in disarray after failing to storm Gaddafi bastions.  NTC forces with huge rocket launchers and artillery gathered outside Sirte on Monday, saying their were preparing for a fresh assault, as hundreds of families fled the town.

NTC fighter Mohamed Ahmed told Reuters the troops were advancing slowly, but holding back their heavy weaponry until civilians were clear.  Rockets fired by Gaddafi loyalists fell near NTC lines, throwing up clouds of dust.  Humanitarian groups have voiced alarm at reported conditions in Sirte.  "There's no electricity, no phone coverage. Nothing," resident Ibrahim Ramadan said, standing by a car packed with his family at a checkpoint.  Residents said homes had been destroyed and cars smashed to pieces as disorder spread through the city.

All normal in the Arab world?


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