Syrian troops and heavy armor encircle a rebellious northern town, and hundreds of people flee through a single escape route across the lush Turkish border, sharply escalating the upheaval that threatens Syria's authoritarian regime. The town of Jisr al-Shughour empties as its residents cross olive groves and travel gravel roads, trying to get away from the tanks and elite forces surrounding them. Turkey's foreign minister says more than 2,400 Syrians crossed the border, which is opened for refugees.
Yemeni government troops trying to recapture areas held by Islamic militants kill 12 suspected al-Qaida members in the troubled southern province of Abyan, where militants take advantage of a breakdown of authority resulting from the government's battle with armed tribesmen seeking to topple the autocratic leader of more than three decades. President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who has clung to power throughout months of protests against his rule, had surgery to remove shards of wood that lodged in his chest when one of the rockets splintered a pulpit in a mosque where the president and top aides were praying. Saleh's condition stabilizes enough to move him out of intensive care at the Saudi Arabian military hospital where he is being treated.
NATO airstrikes rattle the Libyan capital, suggesting a return to the heavy NATO bombardment that hit military installations and flattened major buildings in leader Moammar Gadhafi's sprawling compound in the center of the city. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says she is aware of "numerous and continuing" overtures by people close to Gadhafi to negotiate his departure from power.
The last 19 victims among hundreds killed during Egypt's uprising that toppled President Hosni Mubarak are buried in Cairo, hailed as martyrs who sacrificed their lives for freedom. Their bodies lingered for months in Cairo's morgues, never identified or claimed by anyone, until the authorities gave the go ahead for a communal funeral. A total of 846 Egyptians were killed during the mass street demonstrations when Mubarak's feared police cracked down on the protesters, shooting many in the head and chest with live ammunition.