Thousands of Yemenis have gathered in Sana'a and Taiz to mark a day of protest they have dubbed “Last Chance Friday," and to call for the immediate departure of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh. Saleh’s supporters held a counter protest in the capital, called the “Friday of Reconciliation.” Following the Gulf Cooperation Council's initiatives in Riyadh and Abu Dhabi, the GCC will meet in Sana’a in a new attempt to find a solution to the Yemeni crisis. Dubai TV reports that no details of the new initiative have been released yet.
The BBC reports that anti-government protests continue in a number of Syrian cities, despite Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s announcement that the emergency law was lifted yesterday. Reports from Syria indicate that security forces opened fire on tens of thousands of people who were taking part in demonstrations. At least five people were killed in Dara'a after nearly 100,000 people took part in a massive demonstration.
Protests are being in held in several Bahraini cities today to condemn the burning of the Quran and destruction of mosques by Saudi and Bahraini troops. Al-Alam reports that images from Diraz show protestors praying on the ground where mosques have been destroyed. A similar protest was suppressed in the village of Karzakan by Saudi's and Bahraini's firing tear gas and live bullets at demonstrators.
The chairman of the US military's Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen, said that coalition forces have destroyed 30 to 40 percent of Colonel Muammar al-Gaddafi's ground troops, but that the situation in Libya seems to be moving closer to a stalemate. Al-Jazeera reports that US President Barack Obama has approved the use of Predator Drones for low-level attacks on Gadaffi’s troops, yet the US continues to oppose sending ground troops to Libya.
Al-Iraqiya reports that Iraqis in Monsul are protesting for the ninth consecutive day, demanding the removal of US forces from Iraq. They are requesting the complete transfer of security duties from US troops to Iraq’s security institutions as well as the release of detainees who have not been charged.