Tonight, al-Alam reports on the ongoing violence in Bahrain. Saudi-backed Bahraini forces continue to destroy mosques and religious sites while carrying out a large-scale campaign to arrest protest leaders. Marches are expected to be held across Bahraini cities under the banner "Sunni and Shiite brothers," in order to affirm the protestors’ national unity. It has been reported that over 1,000 people have been arrested so far, 25 percent of whom are under 18. Doctors, nurses, paramedics, students, journalists, and human rights activists are all being targeted.
The BBC reports that a UN delegation arrived in Tripoli to investigate human rights violations committed during military operations in Libya. The team is expected to investigate violations on both sides of the fighting, including the ones that the Libyan government has accused NATO and the opposition of committing. Meanwhile, the fight between Gaddafi troops and the opposition in Misurata continues, with hundreds of civilians caught in the middle.
Dubai TV reports that Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh and the opposition expect to sign a power-transfer deal in Riyadh, as protestors continue to stage sit-ins in Sana'a and other cities. Under the terms of the agreement, a national unity government will formed following Saleh's resignation. Saleh is to reassign power to his vice president in exchange for his immunity, and official elections will held within two months. Yemeni protestors continue to reject the deal.
The Syrian Human Rights Observatory said that the number of fatalities has risen to 453 and that Syrian authorities have arrested about 1,700 people since protests began in Syria last month. European Union ambassadors are scheduled to meet on Friday to discuss the possibility of imposing sanctions on Damascus. Throughout the upheaval, Syria’s state run television channel has failed mentioned the ongoing events in the country.
New TV has a special report from Libya, where rap music has become the soundtrack of the revolution. Harkening back to the days of Public Enemy and KRS-One, youth have been using rap to inspire the opposition. In the report, rap is described as the youth’s “new weapon” in the fight against Muammar al-Gaddafi.