N. Africa, Mideast unrest: Three killed as demonstrations turn deadly in Tunisia
A Libyan protester in Benghazi waves the country's old national flag, which was replaced in 1977, as demonstrations continued Saturday.
February 26th, 2011
09:13 PM ET

N. Africa, Mideast unrest: Three killed as demonstrations turn deadly in Tunisia

Across the Middle East and North Africa, CNN's reporters and iReporters are covering protests, many of them inspired by revolts in Tunisia and Egypt that toppled those countries' longtime rulers. Check out our story explaining the roots of the unrest in each country and full coverage of the situation in Libya. Have a story to tell from the scene? Click here to send an iReport.

Developments on unrest in the Middle East and North Africa:


[OMAN, 9:00 a.m. ET, 6:10 a.m. local] At least two protesters were killed and about 10 injured during clashes between protesters and police in the Omani industrial town of Sohar, according to reports from state media and Oman TV editor Asma Rshid. "The police shot them because they burned shops and cars in Sohar," Rshid said. Another source said police fired rubber bullets. A number of police had also reportedly been injured, but CNN has not been able to confirm how many.

[LIBYA, 9 am ET, 4:15 p.m. local] Protests are picking up in Libya's western city of Zawiya with former security forces who said they have switched sides and joined the opposition.

The United Nations Security Council unanimously approved a draft resolution to impose sanctions against Libya amid escalating attacks on anti-government protesters in the north African country.

The resolution draft includes an arms embargo, asset freeze and a travel ban. It also refers Libya to the International Criminal Court.


[TUNISIA, 9:12 p.m. ET, 3:12 a.m. local] Protests in Tunisia turned violent and deadly Saturday, just over six weeks after a popular uprising forced the president out of office, and lit a spark of desire for democratic reform in parts of Africa and the Middle East.

Three people were killed Saturday and nine others injured during mayhem in the capital, Tunis, according to a Interior Ministry statement cited by the state-run news agency, Tunis Afrique Presse (TAP).

More than 100 people were arrested, the ministry said, in the area around Habib Bourguiba Avenue, in the city's center, accused of "acts of destruction and burning."

[LIBYA, 4:58 p.m. ET, 11:58 p.m. local] City councils in areas no longer loyal to Moammar Gadhafi have chosen former Justice Minister Mustafa Abdul Jalil to head an interim government which will represent all of Libya, according to Amal Bogagies, a member of the February 17 Uprising coalition, and a separate Libyan opposition source.

[LIBYA, 4:40 p.m. ET, 11:40 p.m. local] President Barack Obama, in a statement issued Saturday after reports that forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi had fired on civilians, said "that when a leader's only means of staying in power is to use mass violence against his own people, he has lost the legitimacy to rule and needs to do what is right for his country by leaving now."

The White House statement was  issued after Obama spoke with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

[BAHRAIN, 9:37 a.m. ET, 5:37 p.m. local] Exiled opposition leader Hassan Mushaima has arrived back in Manama, Bahrain. Mushaima, leader of the Haq Movement, had told followers earlier in the week that he had been detained in Beirut, Lebanon.

[YEMEN, 2 a.m. ET, 10 a.m. local] Four people were killed and 26 wounded in clashes Friday night between anti-government protesters and security forces in southern Yemen, medical officials in Aden said Saturday.

[LIBYA, 2 a.m. ET, 9 a.m. local] A U.N. security panel is scheduled to meet Saturday to discuss new sanctions against Libya amid escalating attacks on anti-government protesters in the north African country. The resolution draft includes an arms embargo, asset freeze and a travel ban. It also refers Libya to the International Criminal Court.

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  1. Ernie

    While the middle east goes up in flames; "Ceaser Obama" fiddles!

    February 26, 2011 at 8:32 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. AMERICA 1st

    when is the communist news network going to report news thats relevant?

    February 26, 2011 at 8:38 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • stonemason89

      I don't know how anyone could think this _isn't_ relevant. Would you rather read about Bieber or the Kardashians?

      February 27, 2011 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Cesar

    Hopefully,the right-wing thugs in Washington will lose another one of their stooges in the Middle East. The fewer of them,the better!!!

    February 26, 2011 at 11:26 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • John

      Good posting,Cesar. Thank you. I just wish that more people felt that way. I guess that there's just too much ignorance around for that.

      February 26, 2011 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
  4. personny

    Israel is becoming a nation. http://nopolicestate.blogspot.com/2011/01/egypt_29.html

    February 26, 2011 at 11:39 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Jamie

    If we can easily rationalize the Iraq invasion– why are we so slow to respond to a clear travesty (WMD's confirmed, as well) in Libya?

    February 26, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • leeintulsa

      'We' didn't rationalize the invasion of Iraq. Bush did. We all thought he war a moron, partly for doing that.

      February 26, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Cesar

    Hopefully, Washington won't sit idle and instead will gain another foothold in the Middle East. More power to America is more freedom to the people.

    February 26, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Gary Johndro

      I'm with you,YABBA-DABBA-DABBA-DABBA-DOO!!! We need to jump right in there and how!!! We'll show them!!!

      February 26, 2011 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
  7. RuffNutt

    Good post Cesar,thank you.

    February 26, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse | Reply

      lame... the namegame is lame!!

      February 26, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      Cesar , rufnutt love your post funny stuff

      February 26, 2011 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse |
  8. MegaMind

    Yessss.... Gooooodddd.... Black vs white... Christian vs Muslim..... Republican vs Democrat.... Goooddd... Un LIMITED POWER!!!! Ahahaha... Your rebel friends are doomed!.

    February 26, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. MegaMindObama

    I have NO intentions of ending evil on this planet!!!! Ahahahahahaha!!!

    February 26, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Mary

      thats GOD'S job

      February 26, 2011 at 10:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      Without evil, there would be no god, would there?

      February 27, 2011 at 12:34 am | Report abuse |
  10. Cesar

    You're welcome,RuffNutt. I bet I'll get a giggle out of you: There hasn't been a good cleaning in the White House since the Hoover Administration.

    February 26, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse | Reply

      lame... the namegame is lame!!

      February 26, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  11. PudgeFacker

    Yes Cesar good post. I love you ;)

    February 26, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Cesar

    Glad to hear it, Pudgy. You enjoy your weekend and stay cool. Don't believe the fake Cesars.

    February 26, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Another day of hillary

    Dont turn your back on hillary.. A supreme leader. You can get hurt as she rambles on about internet santa claus utopia and taking no questions.Can this be the very same mother of right wing conspiracy and WHITEWATER persecutions? How ambitious are american women to rule the world? Must they be twice as repressive and sounding as boring any other scripted press release? Bow down little kids of the entire world. Queen hillary has your christmas presents and a big stick. Bill was called abusive and now we all must pay. I bow down to the queen.

    February 26, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Little Ceaser

    It seems to me that maybe what the bible says is true, and that GOD is real and all of this is happening for a reason = I just cant see any other logical conclusion , the world is coming apart at the seems..

    February 26, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Little Ceaser

    "pizza pizza"

    February 26, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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