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Middle East and North African conflict spreads to Saudi Arabia as Libya gets more bloody

Written By David D'Angelo on Wednesday, March 9, 2011 | 3/09/2011

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The violence and protest in the Middle East and North Africa continues with the protest spreading to the otherwise peaceful nation of Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabian authorities reiterated a ban on protest sighting Sharia Law and existing Saudi laws. Within the week 24 protesters were detained in the eastern city of Qatif. Observers said that authorities beat protesters with baton in an otherwise peaceful protest.

Meanwhile in Libya, Gadhafi loyal forces continued their pursue to quell the rebellion by taking over key cities in the east and west. There were several air raids and bombings conducted. Groups indicated that close to 2,000 people were already killed and most of them are unarmed civilians including women and children.



Moammar Gadahi also warned the United States and NATO that "thousands and thousands of people would be killed," if they tried to intervene with what't happening in Libya. Various organizations including the United Nations, NATO and Amnesty International had already expressed concerns over the development in the Middle East and North Africa particularly in Libya, Yemen, and Saudi Arabia.

In Egypt, a nation which successfully toppled dictator Hosni Mubarak, several hundred women had called for a Million Woman March in order to demand "fair and equal opportunity for all Egyptian citizens -- beyond gender, religion or class."

In Iran, security forces used tear gas and water canons to disperse protesters in Revolution Square in Tehran. Government forces had also rounded up known opposition which have called similar protests like that happening in other Middle East countries.

So far the nation's facing unrest includes Algeria, Bahrain, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Iran, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestinian Territories, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, and Yemen.

For a country by country update on the situation you can visit CNN.com HERE.



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