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Israeli Embassy Attacked in Cairo, Killing Three and Injuring 1,049 

Comstock/Thinkstock(JERUSALEM, Israel) -- Three people died and 1,049 people were injured, including 46 policemen, after an Israeli embassy was attacked by angry Egyptian protestors in Cairo Saturday.

The interior ministry on Saturday ordered all officers back on duty and canceled vacations, according to Egypt's state TV.

The Israeli ambassador and other Israeli staff were evacuated from Egypt and 17 protestors were arrested.

BBC News reports the attack was a result of the Anti-Israeli sentiment that has grown following violence on the Gaza border in August.

Attention has now been turned toward assessing the long-term diplomatic damage.

The overnight attack Saturday morning was a "grave violation" of diplomatic norms and a "blow to peaceful relations" between the two countries, said a senior Israeli official.

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Syrian Protestors Violently Attacked by Security Forces at Mosque 

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(DAMASCUS, Syria) -- Syrian protestors at a Damascus mosque were violently attacked Saturday by security forces, BBC News reports.

At least one person is believed to have been killed when security officials stormed the al-Rifai mosque located in the Kafar Susseh district.

The clash was just one protest among many against Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad. The United Nations reports that more than 2,000 people have been killed since the clashes in Syria began in March.

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Syria: Violent Clashes Bring More Deaths

AFP/Getty Images(DAMASCUS, Syria) -- Friday marked a deadly day in Syria, as violence erupted in several parts of the country as demonstrators clashed with security forces.

Violent clashes resulted in the deaths of as much as 20 people, according to the group Local Coordination Committees of Syria, which supports the call for the removal of President Bashar al-Assad from office. Among those killed in Friday’s protests were five children, the group says.

The Syrian state news agency, however, says the death toll from Friday’s violence was significantly lower at seven people, with that agency saying that those killed included both civilians and law enforcement personnel.

Neither of the death figures could be independently confirmed. There were also said to be a number of other persons injured in the violence.

Since March demonstrators have be staging protests throughout the country, calling for the president to step down.

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Israeli Troops Open Fire on Pro-Palestinian Protestors Near Border

Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images(DAMASCUS, Syria) -- Syrian state television is reporting that at least 14 people were killed near the Israeli-Syrian border Sunday after Israeli soldiers opened fire on protestors.

Hundreds of pro-Palestinian protestors had gathered near the border of Golan Heights to mark the 44th anniversary of the 1967 Mid-East war, when Israeli soldiers opened fire on the flag-toting protesters. In addition to reports of fatalities, several others were said to have been injured during the violent exchange.

On Sunday Israeli television broadcasted images of protestors on the other side of the border, carrying those who were wounded to safer ground.

Similar scenes of protest played out on May 15, when several people were killed as Israeli soldiers opened fire on protestors at border crossing points in Gaza, the West Bank, Golan Heights and the frontier with Lebanon.

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Syria: Death Toll Rises, President Says Reform Coming

ANWAR AMRO/AFP/Getty Images(BANIAS, Syria) -- The bloodshed continued in Syria on Sunday, as security forces continued to clash with protesters in different parts of the country.

On Sunday, there were reports that a Syrian security officer was killed and another wounded after a Syrian armed forces unit was ambushed by armed protesters in the city of Banias. As army tanks surrounded Banias, there were also reports of security forces opening fire on a group of people gathered outside a mosque, killing at least three people and wounding several others, according to published reports.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said Sunday that Syria is on course for comprehensive reform and that he hopes the country can benefit from the experiences of European countries, according to a report by state television.

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Syrians Take to Streets in Show of Support for Government

AFP/Getty Images(DAMASCUS, Syria) -- Syria's President Bashar Al-Assad is facing a wave of anti-government protests in the south and in the port city of Latakiya. 

Human Rights Watch says at least 60 protestors have died at the hands of Assad's army and security forces. As Assad reportedly considers political moves to appease the protestors, it's clear that many Syrians still back the leader as tens of thousands of Syrians are rallying behind Al-Assad in the streets of Damascus, holding up posters with his picture and waving Syrian flags.

Rallies of this size are also happening in  parts of the north and center of the country.  They show that Syria is quite divided. Unlike the national uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt, many Syrians do not sympathize with the anti-government protests that continue in the south and in Lahtakiya. Many still believe in President Assad whose family has run the country for over 40 years.

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Bahrain Violence Escalates After Military Crackdown

JOSEPH EID/AFP/Getty Images(MANAMA, Bahrain) -- The Sunni King of Bahrain ordered a military crackdown on Shi'ite protestors who recently retook the main square in the capital of Manama. The violent raid comes a day after the King declared a 3 month state of emergency that gave the military more authority to put down the month-long demonstrations.   

Soldiers and riot police launched an early morning assault on protestors camped out in Pearl Square. Witnesses say they covered the area in a blanket of tear gas and fired live ammunition on the crowd and into the air, driving everyone out.  Makeshift tents were reportedly lit on fire and at least six protestors were killed. The last one, medical officials say, died of gunshot wounds to his back. Two policeman also died and there are reports that at least 300 hundred have been wounded, the injured protestors streaming into the main hospital in Bahrain's capital.

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Yemen Day of Rage

Photo Courtesy - GAMAL NOMAN/AFP/Getty Images(SANAA, Yemen) -- Thousands in the capitol of Yemen are demonstrating against what they call the corrupt and ineffective government of President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

An estimated 20,000 protestors have taken to the streets of Sanaa in what the opposition is calling a day of rage.  They are demanding a change in government and say President Ali Abdullah Salah's offer Wednesday to leave office in 2013 is not good enough.  Some clearly want him to step down sooner while others support entering talks on political reform.  But these protestors are not the only ones on the streets.  Thousands of Salah's supporters have come out to march and defend the president. 

But, unlike in Cairo where violence has erupted between pro and anti-government demonstrators, in Yemen no clashes have broken out between the two groups.

President Salah has ruled Yemen for over 30 years, but announced he'll step down in two years and that he won't put his son in power to succeed him.  He made those political concessions after protestors, inspired by events first in Tunisia and then in Egypt, demanded government reform and called for his ouster.  Salah has come under fierce public criticism for failing to fix staggeringly high poverty and unemployment rates and for failing to democratize. 

One of out of three Yemenis faces chronic hunger, while unemployment tops 40 percent and another 40 percent of Yemenis live on less than two dollars a day.  

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Media Becomes a Target as Egypt Protests Turn Violent

ABC News' Christiane Amanpour trying to speak to pro-government protesters in Cairo. The encounter disintegrated into an attack on her and her cameraman, with rocks being thrown and shouts of "We hate America." Photo Courtesy - ABC News(CAIRO) -- The worst clashes in a week erupted Wednesday in Cairo with pro-Mubarak mobs rushing Tahrir (Liberation) Square in an effort to wrestle the territory from the anti-government demonstrators.

It was a dynamic change. After five days of peaceful protest, suddenly it was an all-out battle. This did not look to be a spontaneous eruption. It appeared to be deliberately orchestrated political theater, planned and organized bid by pro-Mubarak forces, taking place on a stage, Tahrir Square, in full view of the world audience. It was an apparently a bid for control of the territory that anti-government demonstrators had occupied for more than a week.

Tensions erupted on a day that had begun with some improvements. The Internet was restored and curfew hours were shortened. But even Wednesday morning, before the clashes, the jubilation of the last few days had already given way to an overwhelming sense of fear about how this is now going to go.

In Tahrir Square, protesters told ABC News reporters two things. Some were saying that President Hosni Mubarak's announcement Tuesday night, in which he announced that he would not seek re-election, was not enough and that he has to go now. Others said that although they have protested against him, they want him to leave in an orderly fashion, with dignity. A majority, it seemed, were concerned that if he left quickly, the economy and institutions could collapse, resulting in an explosion of crime and violence.

If Mubarak leaves precipitously, there could be real chaos. Mubarak's party had been sending a message on state TV regarding moves to restore law and order. The army, in a new statement on television, had urged the protesters to go home, "for the love of Egypt."

Wednesday, as ABC News journalists and crew were trying to film on the bridge into Tahrir Square, an angry mob of pro-Mubarak protesters surrounded them and chased them into their car, shouting that they hated them and America. Some of the protesters kicked in the car doors and broke the windshield as the journalists drove away.  Journalists from several news outlets, including CNN's Anderson Cooper, reported being attacked by the mob of protestors.

As night fell, nobody was certain what would come next. There are fears that now the military and the people may now be headed for a showdown. The military amended its earlier request that "everyone go home." Now they have issued an order: "Leave Tahrir Square."

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Middle East Protestors Set Themselves On Fire

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(DUBAI, United Arab Emirates) -- Inspired by the suicide of a Tunisian man who helped topple his government, more than a dozen men have set themselves on fire in the Middle East in the past few weeks to show their opposition to governmental repression and corruption.

Tunisian fruit vendor Mohamed Bouazizi, 26, doused himself with gasoline on Dec. 17 to protest his alleged mistreatment by local officials. His death from his wounds on Jan. 4 helped inspire the public uprising that brought down the government of President Zine el-Abedine Ben Ali.

Following Bouazizi's example, at least 13 men, most in Egypt and Algeria but one each in Saudi Arabia, Morocco and Mauritania, have set themselves alight.

The first of the apparent imitators, Algeria's Mohsen Bouterfif, set himself on fire after meeting with the mayor of his town on January 13 in an unsuccessful attempt to find a job. He was reported to have died three days later, and the rumor was met with street protests, but he did not actually die until Monday. At least four other Algerians set themselves ablaze on Jan. 15 and 16, followed by a Mauritanian and at least four Egyptians on Jan. 17 and 18. Not all of the men died of their wounds.

Over the weekend, an unidentified Saudi Arabian man set himself on fire in that country's first self-immolation. The incidents are part of a wave of protest in North Africa and the Arabian Peninsula. Protestors filled the streets in Jordan, Yemen, Algeria and Yemen this weekend. Activists in Algeria were met with batons, while in Yemen, protestors demonstrating in support of the Tunisian revolt called for their president to step down. President Ali Abdullah Saleh has ruled Yemen for 32 years, first as president of North Yemen from 1978 to 1990, and as head of the consolidated country ever since.

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