French forces have been evacuating Lebanese nationals in Ivory Coast, where violence and looting is widespread. Future TV reports that several Lebanese citizens were injured and two sustained serious injuries. The Lebanese ambassador to Ivory Coast, Ali Ajami said that about 85 Lebanese evacuated the capital Abidjan onboard French military planes. Prime Minster Saad al-Hariri also met with Jordanian King Abdullah II to discuss the possibility of Jordanian forces participating in the UN intervention mission in Abidjan to provide protection and aid to the Lebanese nationals there.
The BBC reports from Libya, where the revolutionaries and Gaddafi’s troops have reached a stalemate in the eastern oil city of Brega. While the intervention by international coalition forces has prevented Gaddafi’s troops from advancing, it has not succeeded in helping the opposition make any significant progress.
Yemen’s Taiz province witnessed renewed confrontations today. Eyewitnesses said that security forces and men disguised in civilian clothing attacked thousands of protestors, who responded by throwing stones. Al-Jazeera reports that over 400 people were injured and transported to Taiz's field hospital. This escalation comes as the Yemeni authorities accepted the invitation by the Gulf Cooperation Council to hold talks in Riyadh with the opposition. Opposition leaders said they will only accept the invitation if Saleh steps down.
Tonight, al-Alam’s report focuses on Saudi Arabia and its controversial role in Middle Eastern affairs in recent months. The report accuses Saudi Arabia of undermining the security and stability of the region and of working to suppress popular uprisings of various countries.
Dubai TV reports on the assassination of political activist and director of The Freedom Theater, Juliano Mer Khamis. Palestinians described his assassination as “an attempt to assassinate the national Palestinian culture and identity.” Palestinian sources said that an unkown masked gunman shot Mer Khamis and that an investigation is underway. Mer Khamis founded the Freedom Theater in Jenin, and devoted his life to the promotion of Palestinian art and culture. Read more about Mer Khamis on Link TV's blog here.