Yemeni women say lives are worse following revolution: Following the revolution in their country, four out of five Yemeni women who spoke to the international group Oxfam said their lives, beset by hunger and violence, had worsened in the past year.
Photo: Yemeni women sit next to sacks of food aid provided by the United Arab Emirates on a truck at a food distribution center in Sana, Yemen, on July 26. Credit: Yahya Arhab / European Pressphoto Agency
It’s been 96 days since Tunisian fruit vendor Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire in protest after his cart was seized by authorities. The Guardian has an interactive timeline tracking the protests, which have since spread throughout the Middle East and north Africa.
The coalition enforcing a no-fly zone over Libya is beginning to fray, as members continue to negotiate over the leadership of the campaign, despite the fact that missile and air strikes began on Saturday. Britain and Italy want NATO command, France and Turkey feel NATO sends the wrong message to the Muslim world and the U.S. just wants to scale back its involvement as quickly as possible.
Airstrikes continue against Kadafi’s forces, most recently in Misurata where his forces have reportedly pulled back while keeping snipers on rooftops, according to residents. Kadafi also made his first public appearance since airstrikes began in an address in Tripoli on Tuesday night.
At least four and as many as six people were killed when Syrian special forces launched an early-morning raid on a mosque in the city of Daraa, the center of anti-government protests. At least 10 have died following a government crackdown on protests for more political freedom and the release of dissidents. The Assad family has been in control of Syria since 1971.
Israel / West Bank / Gaza
A bomb exploded at a bus stop in central Jerusalem Wednesday morning, wounding at least 25 people. It was the city’s first bus bombing in several years. In Gaza, militants fired rockets into southern Israel, continuing an ongoing exchange of rocket and mortar fire at the border, which killed four in Gaza a day earlier.
Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh said on Tuesday he would step down before his term ends in 2013. He originally rejected the same offer two weeks earlier, before at least 50 demonstrators were killed and hundreds injured when security forces closed in on protesters Friday. This follows the sacking of the president’s cabinet on Sunday, members of which were already expected to resign over the violent crackdown. If Saleh resigns, however, some, including the U.S. and Saudi Arabia, worry about what would come next.
The government announced that it would hold municipal elections — the second ever in the country — on April 23. Women will not be allowed to vote.
The Bahraini government tore down the central monument of Pearl Square on Friday, after a crackdown on protesters and arrest of opposition figures. The protesters had used the square as a rallying point.
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Rebels in Misurata are surrounded by pro-government forces, as Kadafi has imposed a land, sea and air blockade on the city. Further east, rebels in Ajdabiya brace for an attack, while also staging nighttime assaults on the recaptured oil city of Port Breaga. Recapturing Ajdabiya would open the road to both the opposition capital of Benghazi and the important city of Tobruk.
Armored vehicles carried more than 1,000 Saudi troops and 500 policemen from the United Arab Emirates into Bahrain at the request of the ruling family. The king has declared a state of emergency for three months.
The move, which has been called “unacceptable” by Iran, hasn’t quelled the protests, which continue to occupy the Pearl roundabout and reports continue of both protesters and a Saudi soldier killed. Qatar, home to international news organization Al Jazeera, has also supported the Saudi and Emirati troops.
Violence continues after six people were killed in confrontations with police in the capital of Sana on Saturday, when security forces moved in on protesters at Sana University and Tahrir Square. BBC reports that the governor of Marib province, Ahmad Naji al-Zaidi, was stabbed in the neck yesterday during an anti-government protest. The government also recently deported four Western journalists. Yemenis are protesting the 32-year rule of president Ali Abdullah Saleh.
Israel’s government approved the construction of 500 new homes in the West Bank, a day after five Jewish settlers were found stabbed to death in the settlement of Itamar, near Nablus. The new construction is seen as a punitive measure by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s government for the killings. Nearly have a million settlers live in West Bank territory occupied by Israel since 1967, widely seen as illegal by the international community.
Israel also intercepted an Egypt-bound ship suspected of carrying weapons to the Gaza strip.
Photo: Men pray outside of the courthouse in Benghazi, Libya, where the opposition council is based. Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times