Middle East Uprising Update: Crackdowns Continue, Mubarak Detained, Libyan Rebels' Diplomacy
There's been lots of developments in the last day or so, with the violence and uprisings far from abating. Here are a few key highlights.
- Libya: As the back-anf-forth fighting over key cities continues (and casualties along with them) the international community is preparing to meet and discuss the country's future. Representatives of the rebels are stepping up their diplomatic effort, bringing a "wish-list" with them to these meetings. Read it at CNN.
- Yemen: As protests continue, President Saleh remains obstinately in power and a major general has defected to join the protesters, violent clashes have occurred. Read it at the New York Times.
- Syria: the brutal regime crackdown on protesters has focused on two coastal towns:
The village of Bayda was being “punished” for offering refuge to people fleeing Baniyas, and because residents were rumored to be planning a protest of their own, said Wissam Tarif, a Syrian human rights advocate. He said security forces had raided houses in the village and pulled both men and women into the town square, where they were “collectively beaten” by security agents.Read it at the New York Times.
- Egypt: After being hospitalized for heart problems, deposed Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak is being detained and questioned by prosecutors. Read it at NPR.