Today on Mosaic, New TV reports on the Israeli air strikes in Gaza that targeted the neighborhoods of al-Shuja'eiya and al-Zaitoun and killed nine people, including several children. The public held funerals for the victims on what the government called the "day of mourning their souls." The mourners believe that Israel “carefully and deliberately” chose the timing of the attacks to occur while the world is preoccupied with the revolutions occurring throughout the Arab world.
Al-Jazeera reports that French fighter jets struck an air force base in central Libya early this morning. International coalition forces are continuing their military operations in the capital Tripoli for the fifth consecutive day. Colonel Gaddafi’s key military bases are located in Tajura, an eastern suburb of the capital that has been bombed three times since the beginning of coalition military operations. However, many political observers believe that the revolutionaries lack the necessary equipment and organization to fully benefit from the coalition air strikes and achieve a strategic victory in the eastern regions.
In Dubai, police foiled an attempt to smuggle a shipment of 16,000 firearms from Turkey to Yemen that was valued at 16 million Dirhams, the equivalent of two million dollars. During a press conference, the commander-in-chief of the Dubai police, Dhahi Khalfan Tamim, said that six people, including one Turkish citizen have been arrested. The seizure of the arms shipment is being hailed as a 'great accomplishment' by the Dubai police department.
Al-Alam reports from Yemen, where an army unit supporting anti-government protestors clashed with Republican Guard forces loyal to President Ali Abdullah Saleh. Medical sources and eyewitnesses said that three military officers were injured in the clashes that took place this morning. In a massive protest in the capital Sana'a, Yemenis demanded the downfall Saleh's regime, waved the Yemeni and Palestinian flag, and carried banners that read "Palestine is in our hearts."
In Syria, 20,000 protestors attended the funeral for victims of yesterday’s violent clashes in Dara’a. Eyewitnesses say that Syrian security forces encircled al-Omari mosque on Wednesday at dawn before storming the mosque and opening fire on the people inside. According to reports, at least six people died and several others were injured. The BBC reports that Syrian state TV blames an “armed gang” for the incidents. The state-run media accused Arab and foreign satellite television channels of fabricating news.