Syria: Conflicting reports are emerging about the arrest of several actors and intellectuals in Damascus. While several reports confirm the report, Syrian officials have made no comment regarding the issue. The opposition's Facebook page is filled with comments calling for the release of these artists, including actress Mai Skaf and actor Faris al-Helou. According to a member of the Human Rights Association of Syria, security forces opened fire on protestors in Deir az-Zour, killing two people and wounding five. In Homs, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports that 11 citizens were wounded by the security forces' gunfire in two separate neighborhoods.
Yemen: The Yemeni Joint-Meeting Parties (JMP) denied the statements in an article published by a Saudi Arabian newspaper saying that JMP forces are fighting Houthis in al-Jawf province. Yemenis, however, accuse the Saudi regime of sowing chaos by arming militias loyal to Riyadh in al-Jawf province to attack Houthis in the north. They say the start of revolutions in countries with strong ties with Saudi Arabia, such as Tunisia and Egypt, made the kingdom's rulers fearful that democratic countries would emerge near its borders and cause unwanted change in the country.
Bahrain: Pro-democracy poet, Ayat al-Qurmezi has been placed under house arrest shortly after she was released from prison. Hailed as the "freedom poet," she was arrested on March 30 for reciting anti-government poetry in the capital Manama's Pearl Square. She was charged with incitement and insulting members of the royal family and handed a one-year jail term. In jail, she was subjected to torture and inhumane treatment.