29th june- 5th july
- Kerry: Israel-Palestine talks within reach– 30/07/2013-Al jazeera
US Secretary of State John Kerry has ended meetings with Israeli and Palestinian leaders without an agreement on resuming peace talks – but said gaps had been narrowed and he would return to the region soon.
- Egypt: Epidemic of Sexual Violence. – 3/07/2013– Human Rights watch
Egyptian officials and political leaders across the spectrum should condemn and take immediate steps to address the horrific levels of sexual violence against women in Tahrir Square. Egyptian anti-sexual harassment groups confirmed that mobs sexually assaulted and in some cases raped at least 91 women in Tahrir Square, over four days of protests beginning on June 30, 2013, amid a climate of impunity.
- When is a military coup not a military coup? When it happens in Egypt, apparently– 5/07/2013-The Independent
For the first time in the history of the world, a coup is not a coup. The army take over, depose and imprison the democratically elected president, suspend the constitution, arrest the usual suspects, close down television stations and mass their armour in the streets of the capital.
- Syria opposition urges world to save Homs– 5/07/2013– Al Jazeera
Syria’s main opposition bloc has urged the international community to take action to protect civilians in the embattled city of Homs.