In Misrata, the last major rebel foothold in western Libya, rebels fought Gaddafi's forces Sunday in close-quarters battles in the city center of Seventeen people were killed, an NGO worker and an opposition activist said. Rebels fought government forces back from an area around a central produce market, regaining a small sliver of territory, said Rida al-Montasser, a local activist reached by Skype.
He said a hospital report that he received from a doctor, showed 17 people, including rebels, were killed and 74 others were injured. A ship of Doctors without Borders evacuated 100 wounded to Tunsia on Sunday (picture).
Western countries have ruled out sending ground troops, a position reinforced by the British prime minister on Sunday."What we've said is there is no question of invasion or an occupation -- this is not about Britain putting boots on the ground," David Cameron told Sky News in an interview.
|Demonstration in Banias (Reuters)|
On Saturday, Mr Assad said he expected the country's 48-year-old emergency law to be lifted by next week.
Mr Assad told the cabinet a legal commission asked to examine the lifting of the emergency law had come to its conclusions.New security legislation would be introduced in place of the law, he said, adding that the new government should also study ideas for a multi-party system and greater press freedom.
YEMEN - Yemeni security forces opened fire on anti-government protesters gathered in the capital, Sanaa, on Sunday, eyewitnesses say. Hundreds of thousands took part in the demonstrations to reiterate calls for President Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down. Also many women took part, angry at President Saleh's comments last week that their behaviour was against Islam. Authorities opened fire with live ammunition and tear gas, witnesses said.
Mohammed al-Abahi, the head doctor at the protesters' field hospital, told the Associated Press that at least 30 people were wounded, including two hit by bullets. There were also reports of clashes between demonstrators and security forces in the city of Damar, more to the south, and in which several people were wounded. Protests were also reported in other cities, including Taiz, Aden and al-Hodeida.
Saleh, who has been in power for more than three decades, has said he is willing to hand over power, but only to 'safe hands'. An opposition delegation, led by former Foreign Minister Mohammed Basindwa, is meanwhile in Saudi Arabia for talks with Gulf Arab mediators.