Russia is mildly tsking at Assad. Foreign Secretary William Hague pointed out on this morning’s Today Programme that there was no will among the Arab states to take action to prevent the bloody rampages of this particular insecure leader, so we won’t be sending anybody.
Lost count of the dead now in Hama – something like 1,500 since March – but let’s hope it remains far less than the 20,000 who died there at the hands of Al-Assad’s father in 1982.
That’s the dead. An estimated 10,000 detained.
- Evan Hill on Al Jazeera reporting on the detentions including 6 of those 10,000
- Amnesty calls on the UNSC to respond
- The UNSC finally met at 5pm (for which country, New York or Geneva, their editor doesn’t bother to say). You go to their site, click on the link to recent press releases and you get a dead link. Try to search? You get a Forbidden. Get your shit together Hardeep Singh Puri. Meanwhile here is today’s limp Noon Briefing.
- DaveM translates
- Global Voices coverage
- The Guardian’s Middle East live blog is good for detailed day by day updates.
- Turkey’s English language version of Hurriyet isn’t really exerting itself in the comment department.
Imagine. Just imagine.
PS The Egyptian army forcibly cleared protesters out of Tahrir Square today, with some local approval.