Yemen: Government forces imposed a strict security cordon around the Yemeni capital Sana'a to prevent the entry of armed tribes to assist head of the Hashid tribe and prominent opposition leader, Sadiq al-Ahmar. Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh said he won't be dragged into civil war as a result of what he called “provocative acts” by the opposition. Families have been seen evacuating the city as violent clashes continue between both sides, despite mediation efforts. The last two days of clashes in Sana’a has lead to the deaths of nearly 60 people.
Syria: Canada has also imposed sanctions on Syria, following the US and EU, and called on Syria to immediately stop the violence against protestors. Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird referred to the repression against protestors as “repulsive and extremely disturbing.” Switzerland also said that it will continue freezing the assets of senior Syrian officials, including President Bashar al-Assad. The EU has released a list of ten Syrian officials to be included in the sanctions, which entail a travel ban and a freeze of assets.
Bahrain: A number of Bahraini regions witnessed demonstrations condemning the death sentences of two Bahraini citizens. Protestors chanted their usual slogans along with demands to rescind the death sentences and release other detainees. The military court also plans to prosecute a 14-year-old boy, the youngest of hundreds being detained in Bahraini prisons. As part of the crackdown, authorities also continue to fire employees and expel students for participating in the protests.