A R A B I C A ارابيكا
BATTLE OF TRIPOLI
Violent clashes continued on Wednesday in Muammar Gaddafi's last stronghold in the Libyan capital. Al Jazeera's correspondent in Tripoli reports that Gaddafi's headquarters in the Bab al-Aziziya district was hit by mortar shells fired from a nearby neighborhood. "There are snipers on the buildings in Bab al-Aziziya," said rebel commander Nouri Mohammed.
TANKS OF HOMS
The Syrian military campaign in the central city of Homs continues, with one resident filming a tank in the street from what looks like behind a tree. The person filming says it is Wednesday, and that the tank is on Zeer Street in Homs "firing randomly on people in the streets." Gunfire is heard in the background.
CURSED IN TALBISA
Here is a video also said to be taken on Wednesday in the town of Talbisa. What sounds like a young man curses the armed soldiers. "Fire, you motherf*#*er – I'll f*#K your sister," the person filming says, and shortly thereafter at :30, the soldiers in the armored vehicle open fire. The camera pans to enormous holes, 6-8 inches wide, shot into the boarded up stores on the street. The soldiers "are trying to break up demonstrations on UNESCO Street." But as the crackle of gunfire resounds, the chants of "Allahu Akhbar" from a nearby street grow even louder. At 1:39, the firing gets close to the young men filming and they begin running, cursing the soldiers. At 2:39, viewers can see quick glimpes of empty streets, with all the shops closed. As he is running away, the man filming says mockingly of the soldier firing, "he can't shoot because he's a motherf*#*er." As the firing stops, the camera, and the young man who is still filming, peers around a street corner. When no soldiers are seen, he slowly moves into the empty street, filming bullet holes and posters of men ("martyrs') who have been killed in the uprising. It is a first-person, visceral six-minute chronicle of war.
The Syrian Facebook group is now billing itself as the "Syrian Revolution General Commission." Protests will continue this Friday, the group announced, calling it the "Friday of patience and resilience." The group now has more than 265,000 members in its Arabic version.
The Lebanese Prime Minister told An-Nahar newspaper that his government is doing "everything it can" to find the four Hezbollah members convicted of assassinating former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri in 2005. One of the indicted men gave an interview to Time Magazine last week in which he said that authorities "know where to find me if they wanted to."
August 24, 2011
photo credit: illustir