N. Africa, Mideast protests: Egyptian stock market set to reopen Tuesday
Protesters in the Libyan city of Zawiya on Sunday.
February 27th, 2011
02:01 PM ET

N. Africa, Mideast protests: Egyptian stock market set to reopen Tuesday

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. CNN's Fareed Zakaria breaks down what the movements toward democracy mean.

Developments on unrest in the Middle East and North Africa:


[LIBYA, 8:50 p.m. ET, 3:50 a.m. local] Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi has criticized a resolution that the U.N. Security Council passed against his regime, telling private Serbian station Pink TV by phone that council members "took a decision based on media reports that are based abroad."

He added, "If the Security Council wants to know about something, they should have sent a fact-finding committee."

The resolution, passed over the weekend, includes an arms embargo, an asset freeze and travel bans for Gadhafi and members of his family and associates.

[GAZA, 3:41 p.m. ET, 10:41 p.m. local] A Palestinian militant was killed in east Gaza Sunday in an Israeli air strike, according to Palestinian medical and security officials. An Israel Defense Force spokeswoman denied that such an attack took place.

[EGYPT, 2:53 p.m. ET, 9:53 p.m. local] Officials say the Egypt Stock Exchange plans to open on Tuesday. The markets have been closed since January 27.

[LIBYA, 1:45 p.m. ET, 8:44 p.m. local] The British government said Sunday it is freezing the assets of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, members of his family, and those acting on their behalf.

[LIBYA, 9 a.m. 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. About 150 people rallied outside the town in support of Gadhafi later on Sunday, in what appeared to be a hastily organized demonstration. CNN later saw a second small pro-government rally that may have been organized for the benefit of international journalists. The crisis in Libya is affecting oil prices, and how much Americans pay at the pump. To better understand why, CNN gets an explanation from an oil analyst.

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.

[YEMEN, 12:14 p.m. ET, 8:14 p.m. ET local] Thousands of people are protesting outside Sanaa University demanding that President Ali Abdullah Saleh resign. Representatives said the youth-dominated sit-in will not budge until he leaves. On Saturday, leaders of two prominent tribal groups, the Hashid-dominated National Solidarity Council and the Baqil tribe, said they would send members to join the protests calling for Saleh's resignation. Time magazine weighs in on how long the protests in Yemen might last.

[TUNISIA, 11 a.m. ET, 5:18 p.m. ET local] Prime Minister Mohamed Ghannouchi's resignation Sunday came a day after three people were killed during protests in the capital, Tunis. "I am resigning today because I am not willing to be a person that takes decisions that could cause casualties," he told reporters Sunday. He also questioned "why a lot of people considered their main target to keep attacking the government, although a lot of its members agreed to join in this critical time."

[TUNISIA, 10 a.m. ET, 4:21 p.m. local] The prime minister of Tunisia has stepped down from the interim government, according to the country's official news agency.

[OMAN, 9 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.


[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.

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soundoff (59 Responses)
  1. leeintulsa

    Ten to twenty dead is the work of rogue cops. Hundreds and thousands? That's govment work...

    February 27, 2011 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  2. Cesar

    Let's just hope that Tunisia's next leader won't be another stooge for the right-wing thugs in Washington. We should all hope for that!

    February 27, 2011 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      Cesar how you doing buddy missed you yesterday

      February 27, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cesar

      Hello Mary,I'm the true Cesar here and I don't drink. Seriously,just ignore the right-wing nutjob who keeps posting his nonsense under my name,please. Thank you.

      February 27, 2011 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      Cesar if u get this facebook me would love to add u as a friend mary hecht

      February 27, 2011 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  3. personny

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

    February 27, 2011 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Centrist

    I'm so happy the decent people of the world are fed up with hardliner communists , theocracy, and right wing fascists. It proves that the good people outweigh the bad. Now let's hope China is next. Enough with the trampling of human dignity.

    February 27, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cesar

      You seem to have forgotten what happened in Russia after the fall of Communism there. Their national economy imploded and lawlessness ensued there bigtime!!! Do you honestly think that the Chinese want the same thing in their country? Somehow I don't think so and I'm a bigger Centrist than you are!!!

      February 27, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Cesar

    Hi Mary. Buy me a beer at Olive Garden. Bud Light in a cold glass.

    February 27, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Cesar, Original

    Mary, the real Cesar here and I drink moonshine unlike the inbred rightwingers hillybillys around you

    February 27, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Centrist

    Yeah you're right running over college students with tanks is a much better way to live. Eliminating millions of political opponents is exactly what the far right nazis did, but they're wrong and you're right. Remove the elites you disagree with and install your own. That's any radical political movement. You're far from centrist. You should read more.

    February 27, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cesar

      More right-wing bla-bla-bla from a right-wing nut!!! But it doesn't change what happened in the past!!! People,please read your history books!!!!

      February 27, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Cesar

    How many Cesars do we have here?
    I'm left wing

    February 27, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Cesar

    So much for my free beer with Mary, Left Wing Cesar.

    February 27, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |

    If a leader allows his followers to kill innocent protesters who have the human right to stand up for what they believe in, he/she is no leader. They are a tyrant and a villain. We, as a people of this world, owe it to those that have been killed to remove these tyrants from power and to hand out justice.

    February 27, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  11. banasy

    I need someone to fuk me

    February 27, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  12. banasy

    Up my big ass

    February 27, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  13. banasy

    Mary fuk you, you b itch

    February 27, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cesar

      Good grief banasy,you must be a fan of both Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann. If not,then why are you using their choice of words here??? Those gals are surely spreading their influence around,judging by the language you're using.

      February 27, 2011 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Cesar

    Hey troll using banasy's name. Your mother is a downtown wh/*re like your filthy sister. Give me your handle so I can give you a long fat juicy hot dog. Pendijo, tu puta madra es jota

    February 27, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cesar

      Since I never use that filthy Tea Party lingo,anyone with half a brain would know that I didn't post the above.

      February 27, 2011 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  15. FRANK

    People of the United States of America and President Obama,
    Since it appears the U.S is not going to become involved with our military in this conflict and take sides with the rebels,what we should do along with the Brittish,French and Italians is send in our Special Forces to secure the Oil Fields and Refineries so the G MAN cannot blow them up, America, if you like paying $4.00 a gallon of gas as it has now hit that point in some states,your gonna love $6.00 to $7.00+ a gallon with gas lines by the summer.I do not care if the Saudi's ramp up production,it Libya's oil fields go up in flames , to quote Ba Bu from the Seinfeld TV show ,things will be "Berry,Berry BAD"

    February 27, 2011 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cesar

      Good grief Frank,you know better than that. Please give us a break!

      February 27, 2011 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • FRANK

      Hello folks,I'm the true FRANK here and I want to say that we have no right to intervene in Libya. Moreover,Mohammar Qadaffi's getting quite a bad rap. Anybody who doesn't take orders from Washington D.C. can't be all bad.

      February 27, 2011 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
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