Protests erupt in Beirut amid Assad’s “earthquake” threat

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Nearly 100 people were killed in Syria on Friday and Saturday, the two bloodiest days yet of the uprising, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights told AFP.

And a day later in Beirut, protesters rallied in front of the Syrian Embassy in the capital’s Hamra neighborhood in support of President Bashar al-Assad and to reject foreign interference in the country, the National News Agency reported.

NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen ruled out the possibility of a no-fly zone for Syria, in remarks to an AFP correspondent as he travelled Monday to Tripoli to mark the end of the alliance’s air war in Libya.

“It’s totally ruled out. We have no intention whatsoever to intervene in Syria,” Rasmussen said when asked if there was a possibility NATO would now spearhead a no-fly zone in Syria.

Assad warned in an interview with UK newspaper The Telegraph on Sunday that any Western intervention in Syria would cause an “earthquake” across the Middle East.

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