Earlier this week in Libya, Gaddafi’s battalions gained significant ground very quickly when coalition air strikes ceased for several hours during an international debate about whether or not to arm the Libyan opposition. Al-Jazeera reports that in light of these developments, the revolutionaries may be changing their military leadership and plan of action. Meanwhile, The Libyan Revolutionary Transitional Council gave its condition for ceasefire: Gaddafi's brigades must withdraw from all cities and their surrounding areas. The council asserted that their intention is not to divide Libya with this ceasefire, but to liberate the country from Gaddafi’s control.
Al-Alam reports that tens of thousands of Yemenis in Sana’a continue to demand the end of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s regime. The revolutionary forces have formed a coalition to topple the regime and create a national transitional council. The council would temporarily assume power, write a new constitution, and form a supreme elections commission. During a demonstration in support of Saleh, the Yemeni president said he had no intention of stepping down and that he will “sacrifice his blood and soul for the Yemeni people.”
Frustrated Egyptians gathered in Tahrir Square to “save the revolution,” and demand that members of the former regime be tried for the crimes they committed while in office. The BBC also reports from Syria, where today has been named the “Friday of Martyrs” by anti-regime demonstrators in Syria. In the report, human rights activist Razan Zaituna describes the situation in Damascus as violent, bloody, and terrifying as people are arrested, beaten, and shot at by authorities.
Tonight, New TV features a profile of former Libyan official and confidant to Muammar al-Gaddafi, Moussa Koussa. Koussa was a prominent politician and a top decision-maker in the Libyan regime before resigning from his post and fleeing to Britain yesterday, in protest of the attacks that Gaddafi forces have launched on civilians.
Dubai TV reports on events in Ivory Coast, in which forces loyal to Ivory Coast's President-elect and Alassane Ouattara seized control of the state-run television station and most of the capital, Abidjan. Outgoing President Laurent Gbagbo however, reiterated that he will not step down and accused his rival of plotting a coup with the help of UN forces. As both sides launch consecutive attacks on one another, UN forces have seized control of the airport in Abidjan where no clashes were reported. Ivory Coast has also announced an indefinite closure of its borders and airspace.