The United Nations called for an immediate ceasefire in the besieged Libyan city of Misurata. At a press conference in Benghazi, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs aValerie Amos expressed her deep concern for the situation in Misurata and other regions in Libya. After Amos’ visit to Tripoli, the Libyan government agreed to allow the UN's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs to distribute humanitarian aid there. The BBC reports that the humanitarian crisis in Misurata is quickly deteriorating as fighting continues between the revolutionaries and Gaddafi’s forces and the city’s hospitals suffer from a shortage of medical staff and supplies.
The Gulf Cooperation Council met yesterday in Riyadh for a third meeting about Yemen. Yemeni opposition leaders have rejected the GCC’s second initiative and reiterated their commitment to the first initiative as a platform for ending the Yemeni crisis. Both initiatives call for the removal of Ali Abdullah Saleh from office, but in the second initiative, Saleh is to hand power over to his deputy. Meanwhile, violence has broken out in several Yemeni cities. Dubai TV reports that over 28 Yemenis were injured yesterday when security forces and gunmen disguised as civilians opened fire on protestors in Sana'a. Nearly 500 Yemenis sustained injuries from rocks thrown by people being described as "pro-regime thugs."
Al-Jazeera reports that 14 people were killed and about 50 were injured yesterday in protests in the Syrian city of Homs. About 50,000 Homs residents participated in the victims' funeral and chanted slogans calling for freedom, but were once again subjected to heavy gunfire. Even though President Bashar al-Assad announced the formation of a new government, protestors remain unsatisfied and say they will continue to protest until their demands for freedom and reform are met.
Bahrain's February 14th Youth Coalition launched a week-long program yesterday, dubbed the “Week of Steadfastness.” Today, demonstrators will call for a hunger strike in protest of the ongoing actions of Saudi forces and the al-Khalifa regime, including the murder of civilians and the burning the Quran. Protestors will also call for the immediate release of prisoners held captive in the regimes' jails, and reiterate their rejection of the country's emergency law.