Latest developments in Arab unrest

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Posted: Aug 26, 2011 2:20 PM
Latest developments in Arab unrest

LIBYA

British warplanes strike a large bunker in Moammar Gadhafi's hometown of Sirte, his last major stronghold. Rebels search for the remnants of pro-Gadhafi forces in Tripoli, which is enjoying the quietest day since the rebel takeover. Hundreds crowd a mosque in central Tripoli, listening as the imam praise the rebels. As rebels round up regime sympathizers, evidence of abuses raise concern about human rights violations.

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SYRIA

Syrian security forces kill at least two people as tens of thousands of anti-government protesters flood the streets. Protesters also express solidarity with Ali Ferzat, 60, a renowned political cartoonist who was grabbed after he left his studio early Thursday and beaten by masked gunmen. Ferzat is recovering. President Bashar Assad gets a boost from Shiite militant group Hezbollah's leader, Sheik Hassan Nasrallah, who echoes the regime's claims that the unrest in Syria was being driven by a foreign conspiracy.

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YEMEN

Tens of thousands of Yemenis have protested in several city centers calling for ouster of their longtime President Ali Abdullah Saleh. Saleh loyalists held prayers at a mosque near the presidential palace.