Libya: Oil Minister Shukri Ghanem has defected from Muammar Gaddafi’s regime and joined the opposition. During a press conference, Ghanem said that he resigned due to the "unbearable" violence in Libya. NATO Secretary-General Anders Rasmussen said that it's only a matter of time before the Libyan leader is ousted from power. NATO has decided to intensify its airstrikes in the country and extend its mission to protect civilians in Libya for an additional three months.
Yemen: New clashes erupted in the capital Sana'a between President Ali Abdullah Saleh's loyalist forces and supporters of Sheikh Sadiq al-Ahamar. Security sources reported that machineguns, rockets, and mortar shells were used and medical sources confirmed that 39 people died in the fight. Opposition leaders have accused Saleh of handing the city of Zinjibar over to al-Qaeda to show the world that without Saleh, Yemen would collapse.
Syria: Cities throughout the country are witnessing demonstrations in which protestors are chanting slogans rejecting the amnesty decree issued by President Bashar al-Assad. On the ground, the Syrian army continues to use heavy weaponry to besiege conflicted areas. Many families are fleeing Daraa to Jordan as the Syrian army continues to besiege and shell the city. The Syrian army has also targeted the towns of Rastan and Hirat.