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Issue No. 2247

Syrian protests face violence

The past week has been a bloody one for those resisting the regime in Syria.

The National Organisation for Human Rights said that the state killed 37 people at protests on Friday of last week.

This brings the total death toll to more than 200 since 18 March.

There were reports of indiscriminate shooting by security forces on funeral processions as people buried the dead on Saturday.

The government blames the unrest on “spiteful individuals, outsiders and those who were compelled by known foreign parties”.

Many leaders of Arab states have rallied around the murderous Assad regime and the West has all but ignored the bloodshed.

But the protests continue to grow. Syrian troops opened fire on students protesting outside the science faculty at Damascus University on Monday.

Yemenis want president to go

Tens of thousands of people marched through Sanaa, the capital of Yemen, last Sunday, furious at the killing of civilians during protests on Friday of last week.

Security forces shot demonstrators after prayers. Protests have broadened, with unemployed construction workers joining them.

President Ali Abdullah Saleh refuses to stand down.

Israel rains death on Gaza

IsraelI air strikes and targeted assassinations have killed 18 Palestinians since Thursday of last week.

Israel has killed 49 people in Gaza since the beginning of the year.

It hopes to get away with murder while attention is focused elsewhere.

Western governments criticise some dictatorships in the Middle East, but refuse to speak out against Israel.

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Tue 12 Apr 2011, 18:33 BST
Issue No. 2247
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