Latest developments in Arab world's unrest

AP News
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Posted: May 15, 2011 5:00 PM
Latest developments in Arab world's unrest

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ISRAEL

Israeli troops clash with Arab protesters along three hostile borders _ Syria, Lebanon and Gaza _ leaving 16 people dead and dozens more wounded in an unprecedented wave of demonstrations marking a Palestinian day of mourning for their defeat at Israel's hands in 1948. Along Israel's border with Syria, thousands storm the fence and hundreds burst through, pelting soldiers with stones, Soldiers open fire, and dozens were wounded and four were reported killed. Israeli officials accused Damascus of fomenting the violence to try to divert attention from the deadly crackdown on protests within its borders against the rule of President Bashar Assad. Ten people were killed when they march toward the border and appear to try to break through the fence.

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SYRIA

Gunfire and explosions echo through the Syrian border town of Talkalakh, as hundreds of frightened civilians pour into neighboring Lebanon to escape a harsh crackdown against anti-government protests. Those fleeing Talkalakh are among more than 5,000 Syrians who have fled to Lebanon as Syrian President Bashar Assad's security forces try to crush the protests. Human rights groups say more than 800 people have been killed since mid-March.

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LIBYA

NATO aircraft blast an oil terminal in the key eastern city of Ras Lanouf, Libyan TV reports, after Britain urged the alliance to widen its assault on areas controlled by ruler Moammar Gadhafi. The Libya TV report says bombs hit methanol tanks at the oil port, causing leaks. NATO officials have no immediate comment. The reported attack comes as the Libyan conflict appears largely stalemated, with each side claiming gains one day, only to be turned back the next. Rebels say they have taken full control of the port city of Misrata, the only major city in western Libya with a significant rebel toehold. More than 1,000 people have died in Misrata in the fighting and shelling.

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YEMEN

Gunmen open fire on two soldiers in southern Yemen, killing one and wounding the other. Also, a security officer is snatched by unknown gunmen while in a taxi. Yemen is reeling from three months of protests demanding President Ali Abdullah Saleh step down. Protesters in Taiz peacefully seized a government building, a police headquarters and a ruling party office.

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EGYPT

Egypt's top Christian leader calls on followers to end a weeklong sit-in in front of a government building on the Nile after a mob attacked the protesters and their supporters, injuring 78. The sit-in aims to draw attention to the plight of Christians, who have been the target of several attacks by Muslim fundamentalists since Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was forced from office by a popular uprising. Pope Shenouda III, head of Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Church, says outsiders have infiltrated the sit-in and he warned that the country's military rulers and interim civilian government are losing patience with the protesters and that they "will be the losers if this sit-in continues."