Syria: The city of Hama is witnessing the bloodiest crackdown it has seen since unrest began in the country five months ago. While Syrian state media blames the violence on 'armed groups,' eyewitnesses say that Syrian army tanks stormed the city at dawn and began bombing houses. Reports indicate that over 100 have been killed in the crackdown since yesterday. Violence is also ongoing in Homs, Idlib, Deir az-Zour, and al-Bukamal.
Libya: New clashes in Misurata erupted between the revolutionaries and Muammar Gaddafi's battalions, killing over 30 revolutionaries and wounding 130. Meanwhile in Zlitan, revolutionaries managed to reach the city center despite significant resistance by Gaddafi forces. The clashes led to casualties on both sides. After months of seesaw battles, the small achievements made by the revolutionaries seem to be beginning to break the military stalemate in the country's crisis.
Egypt: At least 200 protestors have been injured during violent confrontations between Egyptian security forces and demonstrators camped out in Cairo's landmark Tahrir Square. The clashes erupted when security forces entered the square to disperse protestors who have been there for over three weeks. Witnesses say the troops fired into the air and used live ammunition in an attempt break up the demonstrations. Several of the 200 injured protestors are said to be in critical condition.
Morocco: The February 20 Movement and several Moroccan human rights organizations have criticized King Mohammed VI's speech marking allegiance day in the kingdom. During the speech, King Mohammed announced his plan to hold early elections. While the speech was hailed by loyalists as "a roadmap outlining the upcoming stage," the opposition says the speech was insufficient and doesn't mean that the country will enter a new democratic phase.