Saturday, June 11, 2011

News from the frontlines of the Arab Spring

Dead rebel fighters in Misrata are prepared for burial.

Heavy fighting between pro-Gaddafi troops and rebels broke out in the Libyan city of Zlitan, 160 kilometres  east of Tripoli. Ahmed Bani, a military spokesman in Benghazi, told Reuters clashes had broken out in Zlitan on Thursday and resumed on Friday with Gaddafi forces killing 22 rebels.
Zlitan, one of three towns that are under government control between the rebel-held Misrata and the capital, is surrounded from directions by large numbers of troops loyal to Gaddafi, rebel-sokesman Bani said, adding the rebels controlled parts of the city.
Rebel fighters in Misrata
Rebels also said the oasis town of Gadamis, 600 kilometer southwest of Tripoli, with a population of about 7,000 people, mainly Berber, was under attack after an anti-government protest in the old Roman city on Wednesday.
 Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday he had offered a "guarantee" to Gaddafi if he left Libya, but received no reply.


 Video of Sana'a, where Friday a huge prayer service was held on Taghir (Change) Square. The service was meant also as a funeral service for about 40 people who died in the fighting with the Republican Guard and other troops loyal to president Saleh in the past week. On the video is seen that the dead are carried onto the square. Apart from Sana'a ther were huge anti-Saleh demonstrations in Taiz, Ibb, Al-Baydah, Dhamar and Hodeidah.
News from the political front is that the ruling party, the General Congress Party, refuses to negotiate with the oppostion about an interim-deal as long as president Saleh is not back in the country. The latest new about Saleh himself is that his health situation is bad. He ssems to have respiratory problesm among other things. In the south, in Aden and in Zinjibar, fightig is still going on. Details are sketchy.   


'Security' forces are firing at protesters in Diraz, Bahrain. It's not only Syria, Yemen or Libya where the struggle continues.  

Syrian refugges flock at the border with Turkey (pcture Daily Hürriyet). More than 4000 Syrians have sought refuge sofar in Tureky in order to escape the onlsuaght on the town Jisr al-Sughour and surrounding villages in North-Syria.

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