Nightly News   |  January 30, 2012

Syria violence escalates

President Bashar Assad’s regime has slaughtered thousands of people since March, according to the United Nations. NBC’s Ayman Mohyeldin reports.

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>>> in ssyria, the violence has gone from bad to worse. they are crushing the anti-government protests going on since last march. am am aman m aman is with us tonight.

>> it is firmly under its control. the situation is so dangerous that the arab league suspended operations. this as the united nations convenes on tuesday to discuss a resolution that calls on the president to step down from power immediately.

>> you are neigh cairo. give as report on the situation there.

>> reporter: a handful of americans that work for ngos here have taken refuge at the american embassy . the white house says they are not in imminent danger, but there is no real reason why they've gone to the embassy. they are being investigated for receiving money abroad and channelling it to political parties here, which would be a crime under egyptian law . the real test will be if the americans are charged with any crimes, would the u.s. embassy hand them over to egyptian authorities.

>> thanks.