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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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