Entries in Tunisia (172)
The Ansar al-Sharia fighters pulled out of Azzan in Shabwa Province in the face of bombardments and airstrikes in a US-backed Government offensive.
Bahaddou, a Belgian citizen, was struck in the shoulder and evacuated to London. He is in stable condition.
1924 GMT: Syria. Speaking of gasoline, scenes like the one below, reportedly taken today in Kanaker, Damascus, are increasingly common. The prices of refined gasoline and diesel have skyrocketed, and widespread shortages are reported. The government claims that the shortages are the result of sanctions, but as Robert Ford points out (in the previous update) refined oil was exempt from foreign sanctions in order to avoid this problem. These shortages are the result of the military using up all the fuel.
Al Jazeera's report on Monday on the suicide bombing in Yemen
See also Bahrain Live Coverage: Appearing Before the UN Human Rights Council br>
Monday's Syria (and Beyond) Live Coverage: Amidst the Assassination Rumors, 60 Die br>
Turkey Live Coverage (21 May): Regional and Global Dimensions of "Terrorism"
Al-Mahmoudi was arrested in September for illegally crossing the frontier into Tunisia as he tried to flee to Algeria.
"Tunisia will never be a refuge for those who represent a threat to Libya's security," said Jebali on Tuesday, following a visit by his Libyan counterpart, Abdurrahim el-Keib.
Lawyers and human rights groups had opposed the extradition, saying Al-Mahmoudi might be harmed by Libya's new ruling authorities.
1730 GMT: Syria. The Local Co-ordination Committees of Syria says 13 people have died today: three each in Hama, Deir Ez Zor, and Daraa Provinces, two in Homs Province, and one each in Aleppo and Idlib Provinces.
A Saturday evening demonstration in the Khamidiya section of Homs, including the children of those who have died in the 14-month conflict
One of a series of photos of fighting in the Lebanese city of Tripoli between supporters and opponents of the Syrian regime --- at least four people died (see 0905, 0955, and 1603 GMT)
See also Syria Snapshot: Assad's Supporters Clash With Kurds --- But Can the Kurds Unite? br>
Syria Wired: The Latest from Social Media and EA's Readers br>
Bahrain Live Coverage: Challenging the US Arms Sale br>
Saturday's Syria (and Beyond) Live Coverage: An Uneasy Frontline
1733 GMT: Lebanon. A sit-in demonstration at Aleppo University today:
1603 GMT: Lebanon. Witnesses and officials say at least four people, including a Lebanese soldier, were killed and another 24 injured in the overnight fighting in the Lebanese city of Tripoli between residents for and against the Assad regime (see 0905 and 0955 GMT).
Syrian security forces fire on students at Aleppo University, killing at least four (see 1015 GMT)
2015 GMT: Syria. Back from a break to find confirmation that Alepppo University, after the death of four students at the hands of regime forces and arrests of dozens more, has suspended classes for 10 days:
Dear students, due to the current situation, classes of theory-based majors will be suspended until the beginning of exams.
Classes of practice-based majors and institutes will be suspended until 13-5-2012, in order for the practice-based exams to take place.
Wednesday's night mass protest in the Damascus suburb of Irbeen
See also Yemen Feature: CIA Seeks Authority to Expand Drone Programme br>
Morocco Analysis: Why Did the Moroccan Uprising Not Rise? br>
Syria Feature: Activists to Insurgents "We Want Our Revolution Back" br>
Bahrain Video Special: Activists Declare "No Formula 1 in A Bloody Kingdom" br>
Syria Wired: The Latest from Social Media and EA's Readers br>
Wednesday's Syria, Bahrain (and Beyond) Live Coverage: Appealing to Damascus
2130 GMT: As reported earlier, many journalists have been denied entry into Bahrain to cover the F1. Earlier this evening, a team from Sky News, intending to cover the humanitarian and political situation in Bahrain, were likewise denied entry. EA understands that the team is now back in Dubai and remain intent on gaining entry into Bahrain to see for themselves the situation on the ground.
The Sky News team was headed by Chief Correspondent Stuart Ramsay who has been tweeting about the experience and his frustration with the Bahrain authorities:
Sky news denied access to report from f1 in bahrain #Bahrain— Stuart Ramsay (@ramsaysky) April 19, 2012
Govt refuses to explain why I can't come in— Stuart Ramsay (@ramsaysky) April 19, 2012
We are excluded without redress but have asked to represent all sides— Stuart Ramsay (@ramsaysky) April 19, 2012
#Bahrain govt welcomes f1 but not independent journalists who actually understand the complexity of this issue— Stuart Ramsay (@ramsaysky) April 19, 2012
I asked to report on the country not the F1 and they know that come on your excellencies grow up— Stuart Ramsay (@ramsaysky) April 19, 2012
Associated Press said two of its Dubai-based journalists were prevented from covering the Grant Prix because they could not receive entry visas, despite being accredited by the FIA.
Meanwhile, cameramen already in Bahrain were required to keep fluorescent orange stickers on their cameras so that they would be easily recognisable to ensure they do not cover any off-track events, such as ongoing protests.
Iranian cartoonist Maya Neyestani on the Syrian crisis
See also Bahrain Propaganda 101: Former Times Editor, Turned PR Man, Tries to Sell the Regime's Grand Prix br>
Turkey Live Coverage (11 April): Erdogan Taking the Lead on Syria? br>
Tuesday's Syria, Bahrain (and Beyond) Live Coverage: A Deadline Passes as 160 Die
The United States continues to be deeply concerned about the situation in Bahrain, and we urge all parties to reject violence in all its forms. We condemn the violence directed against police and government institutions, including recent incidents that have resulted in serious injuries to police officers. We also call on the police to exercise maximum restraint, and condemn the use of excessive force and indiscriminate use of tear gas against protestors, which has resulted in civilian casualties.
We continue to underscore, both to the government and citizens of Bahrain, the importance of working together to address the underlying causes of mistrust and to promote reconciliation. In this respect, we note our continued concern for the well-being of jailed activist Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja and call on the Government of Bahrain to consider urgently all available options to resolve his case. More broadly, we urge the government to redouble its ongoing efforts to implement the recommendations of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry, and renew our call for the government, opposition parties, and all segments of Bahraini society to engage in a genuine dialogue leading to meaningful reforms that address the legitimate aspirations of all Bahrainis.
Last week over a pleasant cup of coffee, a colleague asked me a strange question: "I don't get it. Only 80 or so Bahrainis have died in the uprising. Why are they so furious?"
Citing the number of people killed in the uprisings in Egypt, Tunisia, and Yemen --- not to mention civil wars in Libya and Syria --- she said that by the umbers, Bahrain was at the bottom of the list. The anger and frustration expressed by Bahraini protesters was lost on her since "King Hamad really hasn't been as bad as Saleh, Ben Ali, and Mubarak."
I was a bit puzzled by this assertion. So I looked up the figures.
Yasmine Bhar, a student who has a part-time job in a call center, was another protester who had given up a days’ pay to attend the protest. “I’m afraid actually. I’m afraid for my Tunisia, for my future, for my rights” she said. She too was frustrated by a perception that too little was being done, both by the government and citizens to counter the influence of the Islamist movement. “I hope that people move. I want people to stop being cowardly and indifferent,” she said.