Arab States Weekly Review 20th – 26th August 2011

Rebels in Libya overran Tripoli and occupied Colonel Qaddafi’s compound. Qaddafi was absent and is rumoured to have fled the country. Heavy fighting continued in the city with the rebels largely in control of the country.

American, Britain and other European countries called for the departure of Syrian president Bashar Assad, after his continuing violent suppression of protests.

Egypt and Israel came close to a falling out over a shooting at the Sinai border involving Palestinian extremists, but appeared to have stepped back from a diplomatic imbroglio.

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