May 30th, 2011
07:24 PM ET

AC360 Preview: Who will help Syria?

Editor's note: Watch Damon and Ajami discuss Syria here.

(CNN) - Two more people died amid protests in Syria today, as government troops and tanks surrounded one town and apparently shelled another for a second day, according to protest organizers and a witness.

That takes the total number of dead to about 830. One of those deaths is giving a new face to the atrocities happening in Syria: 13 year old Hamza Ali Al-Khateeb. After his mutilated body was returned to his family, Syrians gathered in what may be their biggest and most significant protest yet. Hamza’s apparent torture has caused widespread outrage.

The Arabic language Facebook page set up in memory of him, “We are all Hamza Alkhateeb," has nearly 59,000 members as of this writing.

So will this new symbol of the brutality of the Assad regime rally Syrians to a critical mass?

Tune into AC360° tonight beginning at 10pm ET for a discussion with CNN’s Arwa Damon and the Prof. Fouad Ajami of Johns Hopkins University. Damon has what may be surprising reporting on why the Syrian government may want people to see Hamza’s body, and Ajami explains why he believes “we live in a cruel world” in which the West won’t be coming to the aid of the Syrian people.

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soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Asma Akhras

    Thank you for sharing Anderson and having the courage to share the humanitarian crisis in Syria. Please continue to share for the innocent citizens of Syria!

    May 30, 2011 at 11:58 pm |
  2. lisa greenberg

    The Syrians are so brave, my heart goes out to the family of the young man that was tortured, I couldn't look at the pictures, such horrible, cruel, unspeakable acts. We can't take our freedoms for granted. Time will tell, think Assad and his henchmen are going down.

    May 30, 2011 at 11:37 pm |
  3. SEALS

    Bashar is on our list and he will be shown the same mercy he showed that little boy.

    May 30, 2011 at 11:23 pm |
  4. GOD

    Bashar is worse than Hitler and he should have to pay for his crimes. Bashar is next on our list and he will be shown no mercy!

    May 30, 2011 at 11:21 pm |
  5. de-wanye g

    rap is a cowardly attempt of war . i think rap is wrong rap isnt war ...just guys getting his kicks

    May 30, 2011 at 10:46 pm |

    AC 360 thank you for recognizing the murder of Hamza Alkhateeb tonight ...Syria has become truly horrifying

    May 30, 2011 at 10:24 pm |