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Weekly Newsletter

Arab Spring Overview

The Arab Spring began on the 17 of December in 2010
when Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire after he
said he had experienced a series of humiliations,
including being slapped in public by a police woman.
As stated by (Laila Bin Attiyatalla and Noora Faraj,
Policewoman who Sparked Tunisian Revolution Released
from Prison, Al Arabiya, 2011)

This act led to many other uprisings across the nation.
There were more protests in Tunisia following
Bouazizis self-immolation. There were also significant
protests in Algeria. In January of 2011 protests arose in
Oman, Yemen, Egypt, Syria, and Morocco. The
government was overthrown in Tunisia on the 14 of
January. Thousands gathered in Egypt in Tahrir Square
in Cairo to demand the resignation of President Hosni
There were many more protests occurring in places such
as Egypt, Libya, and more. There were presidents and
Prime Ministers resigning from their positions. An
assassination attempt on the President of Yemen, Ali
Abdullah Saleh.
In January of 2012 the President of Syria, Bashar al-
Assad, gave a speech in which he blamed the uprising on
foreigners, and said that it would require the cooperation
of all Syrians, in order to stop the rebels. In February the
Syrian Government began an attack on the City of Homs.
The president of Yemen resigned and transferred his
powers to his vice president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Al-
Hadi, on the 27 of February.
In April many people protested in Cairos Tahrir Square
demanding a quicker transfer of power to a new
president. In May the Egyptian people voted in the first
round of a presidential election. They had two winners,
Ahmed Shafik and Mohammed Morsi. The Syrian
Government carried out a massacre in Houla. According
to (Timeline of the Arab Spring, 2014) Due to the Arab
Spring and the fight for liberation in these countries there
was one more massacre carried out by Syrian Military.
There was also another election in Egypt in June.

The Free Syrian Army seized control of Maarat al-
Numan, a strategic town in Idlib Governorate. Protests
against Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi began on
the 22 of November 2012, after he granted himself
unlimited power to protect the nation, and the power to
legislate without judicial oversight as said by (Timeline
of the Arab Spring, 2014)

Arab Spring News
On February 12, 2013, the UN stated that the death toll
of the Syrian Civil war had exceeded 70,000. The Great
Mosque of Aleppo, which was built in 1090 by Syria,
was destroyed in a heavy exchange of gunfire between
the Syrian Government and rebel forces. In July the
Egyptian president, Muhammed Morsi was deposed as
president in a coup detat followed by clashes between
security forces and protesters.
In January of 2014 a conflict between the Syrian
opposition and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant
erupted. Also, the Egyptian government resigned, paving
way for military chief Sisi to run for president according
to (Timeline of the Arab Spring, 2014)

The Arab Spring has caused many problems throughout
the areas of Morocco, Wesstern Sahara, Mauritania,
Mali, Algeria, Libya, Egypt, Sudan, Jordan, Lebanon,
Syria, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Yemen, Oman, and Kuwait.
Governments overthrown, government changes, armed
rebellions, widespread protests, and over 150,000 people
The Arab Spring still continues today as the Syrian Civil
War rages on.