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update on Algeria, Bahrain, Djibouti, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lib...


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update on Algeria, Bahrain, Djibouti, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Libya, Morocco, Syria, Tunisia and Yemen:


DUBAI — Here are Friday's developments in the unrest sweeping the Middle East and North Africa following uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia that toppled their longtime rulers.

ALGERIA: A senior former leader of the Algerian regime, Abdelhamid Mehri, called for sweeping political changes in the North African country in an open letter to President Abdelaziz Bouteflika.

BAHRAIN: Police opened fire on anti-regime Shiite protesters in Manama, wounding dozens, a day after four were killed and some 200 wounded as tanks and troops keep a tight security clamp in the Sunni-ruled Gulf monarchy.

DJIBOUTI: Thousands of opposition supporters, mainly students, gathered in Djibouti to demand President Ismael Omar Guelleh step down before he seeks re-election for a third term in April elections.

EGYPT: Hundreds of thousands of Egyptians massed into Cairo's Tahrir Square to celebrate the fall of strongman Hosni Mubarak and to pressure the new military rulers to deliver on reform pledges, while hundreds of others staged a "sorry, president" rally.

IRAN: Tens of thousands of regime loyalists poured on to the streets of Tehran to demand that opposition leaders Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi be hanged for their "rebellion."

IRAQ: The offices of a Kurdish regional opposition party were targeted by looters, officials said, after Iraq's most violent protests since the uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia left three dead in two days.

JORDAN: Government supporters clashed with young protesters in Amman, leaving eight people injured, in the first such violence since protests began in Jordan, witnesses and medics said.

KUWAIT: At least five people, including a security man, were hurt and dozens arrested as Kuwaiti riot police clashed with hundreds of stateless Arab protesters demanding rights.

LIBYA: Four prisoners were killed trying to escape a Tripoli prison, while inmates of a Benghazi succeeded in doing so before burning a bank, prosecutor's office and police station, local press said, after protests against Libyan leader Moamer Gadhafi have led to at least 28 deaths in three days.

MOROCCO: Ahead of a planned pro-reform rally, Morocco announced it would inject 1.4 billion euros in subsidies to soften price hikes for staples — a key factor behind the spreading unrest in the Arab world.

SYRIA: Hundreds of Syrians staged an impromptu protest against security forces after traffic police beat a young man in the capital's Old City, a Dubai-based website reported.

TUNISIA: Ousted Tunisian president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali suffered a stroke and was "in a coma" in a Saudi hospital, a family friend said, as more details of corruption under his rule came to light.

YEMEN: Anti-regime protesters in Taez were blasted with a hand grenade killing two and injuring dozens, while three were shot dead as police opened fire in Aden. Violent clashes also erupted in Sanaa, witnesses said, on a sixth day of demonstrations.

© Copyright (c) AFP


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