Latest developments in Arab world's unrest

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Posted: Jul 09, 2011 4:02 PM
Latest developments in Arab world's unrest

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EGYPT

Egyptians set up protest tent camps in city squares, vowing not to leave until Egypt's military rulers purge the remnants of Hosni Mubarak's regime. The demonstrators also demand that those responsible for killing hundreds during the uprising that ousted Mubarak be brought to justice. It's the most far-flung and organized attempt in recent months to pressure the military council that is to lead Egypt to democracy. Egypt's prime minister promises to consider some of the demands.

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SYRIA

Human Rights Watch says Syrian commanders told security forces that they were fighting terrorists and ordered them to open fire on anti-regime demonstrations even after they found unarmed protesters instead. The group's report is based on interviews with officers who defected. The report says some of the defectors feared they could have been shot themselves if they refused orders. One officer reported seeing a military officer shoot dead two soldiers in the southern city of Daraa for that reason.

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YEMEN

Human Rights Watch says Yemeni troops may have killed dozens of civilians caught in the crossfire over the past two months, in battles between government forces and al-Qaida linked militants in the country's restive south. The group cites accounts from several residents who fled the fighting in southern Abyan province, where Yemeni troops are fighting Islamic militants after losing control over the provincial capital, Zinjibar, and another town, Jaar.

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NATO says its warplanes strike a missile launching position that Libyan ruler Moammar Gadhafi's forces used to target the civilians in western Libya. NATO says government troops used the missile site outside the rebel-held port city of Misrata to fire indiscriminately on civilians in the area, NATO said.