In Misrata, 200km east of the capital, a local doctor told the BBC that 21 bodies and more than 100 wounded people had been brought to his hospital, which he said was also targeted by government troops. He said the fighting went on for at least six hours, with residents saying the city centre was "seriously destroyed". With a population of 300,000, Misrata is the largest town controlled by rebels outside their stronghold in the eastern part of the country.
Nato is considering military options in response to the situation in Libya, US President Barack Obama has said."We send a very clear message to the Libyan people that we will stand with them in the face of unwarranted violence and the continuing suppression of democratic ideals that we have seen there," he said.
Demonstrations in the Yemeni capital Sanaa have been taking place since January. They started with students, just a few days before 25 January, the day that turned out to be the beginning of the end of the Mubarak-regime in Egypt. After two week some 20.000 people demonstrated. Last Friday their number had grown to hundreds of thousands as the video shows. And this was only Sanaa. Other big protest rallies were held in Taiz, Ibb, Hodeida and other cities.
The opposition wants president Ali Abdallah Saleh to go and has handed him demands and a 'road map' for his departure. He, however, refuses to go. Saleh does not want to go further than his earlier promises that he will step down at the end of his term in 2013 and that his son will not succeed him. However, it is difficult to imagine that he will be able to withstand the mounting pressure. The main tribal conferederations of the Hashed and the Baqil have take the side of the opposition. The leader of the Hashed and of the main opposition party, the Islah, Hussein Abdallah al-Ahmar has even left parliament as a sign of protest. His late father, Abdallah al-Ahmar, used to have a power sharing agreement with Saleh. The days of the president seem to be numbered. The south, that has been protesting for months since it feels neglected, wants him to go as well. And so do the northern provinces of Saadah en al-Jawf, where a prolonged war with Saleh ended only in February last year.
himself was named just a week ago.