Residents of Hama tell of indiscriminate shelling by the Syrian army, snipers aiming at civilians and corpses piling up in the streets in the wake of a weeklong military siege of the defiant city. The government claims it was ridding the city of "terrorists." Government accounts offer a surreal spectacle to the thousands of Syrians facing down the military. Most of the 1,700 people killed since March have been unarmed, peaceful protesters,
The Obama administration is expressing concern about what it says is a tide of anti-Americanism in Egypt. The State Department says criticism of U.S. aid and motives as the country transitions to democracy are inaccurate and unfair. Some in Egypt have accused the United States of interference and fanning instability since the ouster of longtime U.S. ally Hosni Mubarak.
Libyan state television broadcasts images of a man it says is Moammar Gadhafi's youngest son, in an attempt to refute rebel claims that he was killed in a NATO airstrike. Rebels claimed on Friday that 27-year-old Khamis Gadhafi, who commands one of the best trained and equipped units in the Libyan military, was killed in the western front-line town of Zlitan. The TV shows the son visiting wounded at a Tripoli hospital and says it was on Tuesday.
As Syria's crackdown on protesters gets bloodier, it is having repercussions for one of Damascus' most crucial allies, eroding the reputation of the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah. At recent protests, Syrians demonstrating against President Bashar Assad have also unleashed their anger at the Shiite Hezbollah over its blunt support for the regime. Some protesters have set fire to the yellow flag of Hezbollah and pictures of the group's leader, Sheik Hassan Nasrallah.
Jordan's state security court starts a trial of 150 Muslim fundamentalists charged with attempting to undermine the country's security and injuring 83 policemen during a protest. The defendants were arrested in mid-April, when hundreds of Muslim hard-liners known as Salafis clashed with police in the eastern Jordanian city of Zarqa during a demonstration.
Lawyers representing 23 relatives and collaborators of Tunisia's ousted president argue that the legal proceedings against their clients are riddled with defects and urge judges to drop the charges. The 23 face charges including illegally possessing foreign currency, jewelry trafficking and attempting to flee the country. If convicted, they could be sentenced to six months to five years in prison, as well as hefty fines.