N. Africa, Mideast protests: Yemeni president fires 5 governors
Moammar Gadhafi was warned by the head of the United Nations that "further action may well be necessary" against his regime.
March 1st, 2011
09:00 PM ET

N. Africa, Mideast protests: Yemeni president fires 5 governors

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 interactive map 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, 10:00 p.m. ET, 5:00 a.m. local] The Canadian government has frozen $2.3B (CDN) in assets tied to the Libyan government, President Gadhafi and those associated with Gadhafi, a government spokeswoman said. The assets were frozen after Canada enacted sanctions over the weekend, Canadian Foreign Affairs spokeswoman Lynn Meahan said.

[LIBYA, 6:47 p.m. ET, 1:47 a.m. local] In Libya, the rivals for power appear to be heading a stalemate. CNN's Nic Robertson explains what's happening in the capital, Tripoli, why two cities in rebel control could be key to the country's future, and why neither side has the power to dislodge the other completely.

[LIBYA, 4:13 p.m. ET, 11:13 p.m. local] The U.N. General Assembly has adopted by consensus a resolution to oust Libya from its seat on the 47-member Human Rights Council.

[LIBYA, 3:53 p.m. ET, 10:53 p.m. local] U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Tuesday they have not seen independent confirmation corroborating reports that Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi has had Libya's military fire on Libyans from the air.

[WASHINGTON, 2:52 p.m. ET] U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Tuesday he has directed the Navy ships USS Kearsarge and USS Ponce to the Mediterranean as the United States positions ships in the region near Libya. The focus is on humanitarian assistance and evacuations, and there has been no authorization for use of force, he said.

[YEMEN, 12:01 p.m. ET, 8:01 p.m. local] Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh fired the governors of five of the nation's provinces, where anti-government protests have unfolded for several weeks. All five were appointed to other positions, according to a decree released Tuesday.

[WASHINGTON, 10:29 a.m. ET] U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Tuesday that the United States has "joined the Libyan people in demanding that (Moammar Gadhafi) must go - now, without further violence or delay - and we are working to translate the world's outrage into action and results."

[IRAN, 10:12 a.m. ET Tuesday, 6:42 p.m. local] Security forces clashed with protesters and fired tear gas Tuesday in front of Tehran University, the opposition website Kaleme reported. Witnesses told CNN that police were out in force on the streets of the Iranian capital in anticipation of demonstrations called for Tuesday by supporters of two key opposition leaders.

[TUNISIA, 10:09 a.m. ET Tuesday, 4:09 p.m. local] At least three Tunisian government officials resigned Monday and Tuesday, the country's official news agency reported, in the wake of the resignation of the prime minister on Sunday.

[LIBYA, 7:15 a.m. ET Tuesday, 2:15 p.m. local] UNHCR staff at the Libya-Tunisia border say 14,000 people fled Libya for Tunisia on Monday and 10,000 to 15,000 are expected to cross today. Between 70,000 and 75,000 have crossed since February 20, officials said. They said they need a way to move these people from the border area to avoid a humanitarian crisis.

[YEMEN, 4:19 a.m. ET Tuesday, 12:19 p.m. local] Thousands of anti-government demonstrators gathered outside Sanaa University in the Yemeni capital Tuesday in a planned protest  by youth  groups, opposition leaders and even members of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh's powerful tribal  group who want an end to Saleh's continued rule.

In a counter-demonstration, thousands of government loyalists descended in the city's Tahrir Square.

[LIBYA, 3:30 a.m. ET Tuesday, 10:30 a.m. local]
The European Parliament is scheduled to discuss the turmoil in Libya on Tuesday, a day after the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations said Moammar Gadhafi sounded "delusional" and a Libyan woman said protesters will eventually succeed in ousting Gadhafi because "too much blood has been shed."

[VENEZUELA, 2:37 a.m. ET Tuesday, 3:07 a.m. local] Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez claims the United States' criticisms of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi have a clear aim: military invasion.

"Let's not  get carried away by the drums of war, because the United States, I  am sure that they are exaggerating and distorting things to justify an  invasion," Chavez said Monday, according to Venezuelan state media.

Chavez is a longtime ally of Gadhafi.

[OMAN, 1:04 a.m. ET Tuesday, 10:04 a.m. local]
A fourth day of demonstrations are expected in Oman on Tuesday, this time in the capital Muscat.

On Monday, anti-government protesters in the key port city of Sohar refused to end protests despite orders from the sultan to hire 50,000 people and pay a stipend to people who are out of work, sources in the Gulf state told CNN.

[YEMEN, 12:55 a.m. ET Tuesday, 8:55 a.m. local]
Youth  groups, opposition leaders and even members of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh's powerful tribal  group are expected to take to the streets Tuesday to protest his continued rule.

The demonstrations come a day after the country's main opposition bloc rejected Saleh's call to form a unity government until elections to replace him are held. The bloc said its goal is simply "the fall of the regime."

[IRAN, 12:40 a.m. ET Tuesday, 9:10 a.m. local]
Supporters of Iranian opposition leaders Mir Hossein Moussavi and Mehdi Karrubi have called for demonstrations Tuesday to protest the two men's reported imprisonment.

[LIBYA, 8:30 p.m. ET Monday, 3:30 a.m. local]
After United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met with U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday about possible measures to take regarding Libya, Ban told reporters that "further action may well be necessary."

Gadhafi "has lost his legitimacy when he declared war on his people," Ban said of the Libyan leader. "This is again a totally unacceptable situation. I sincerely hope and urge him to listen to the peoples' call. That's my message to him."

American officials slapped sanctions on Libya on Friday, and the U.N. Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution on Libya on Saturday.

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soundoff (153 Responses)

    I put more credence into what Hugo Chavez in Venezuela says than I do the right-wing thugs in Washington after they lied tous incessantly.

    March 1, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      Oh what's the matter? obama refuse to come out and play balls?

      March 1, 2011 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mohamad

    Cesar desgraciado como estas?

    March 1, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Cody

    We bombed this guy in the 80's and he got a second chance. Now he has gone too far and we're watching something bigger than you know unfold

    March 1, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Mohamad

    Ruffnutt, first time I hear something good from you

    March 1, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joel2208

      Bombing Libya back in 1986 was a very senseless thing to do,Mohamad. It only led to more hatred and vengeance such as Lockerbie. When will the right-wing thugs in Washington ever learn?????

      March 1, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      Probally fake fur..,

      March 1, 2011 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Pablo el hijodeputa

    Cesar I haven't seen your grandmother, is she hiding from me? Pls tell her I love her. Y a tu puta madre

    March 1, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cesar

      Pablo,puesto que soy el verdadero Cesar aqui,mi madre no es puta,sino la de mi embaucador !!la es!!

      March 1, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Pablo el hijodeputa

    @Cesar...... Q paso marica donde estas? Sorry for being late

    March 1, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cesar

      Pablo,no soy maricon pero !mi embaucador lo es!

      March 1, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mohamad

    You're right Joe, this is going to continue for a long time, and if the US continues killing civilians is gonna get worst.

    March 1, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cesar

      That it will,Mohamad and the U.S. most probably will kill civilians and then come up with that right-wing drivel saying,"war is war".

      March 1, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mohamad

    Exactly Cesar, we don't need more hate against USA, its gonna come to our shores very soon.

    March 1, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Mohamad

    Hey Cesar where's your friend Mary

    March 1, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jesus

    What ever happens it doesnt matter. All that matters is that jesus christ is ur lord and saviour. Trust in him and follow him. He will return very soon 🙂

    March 1, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Rudy Haugeneder, Canada

    Rampant anti-Black racism by North African Arabs and Europeans is emerging as the ugly side of the revolutionary battle towards democracy in places like Libya.
    A senior Human Rights Watch spokesperson interviewed just moments ago by Al Jazeera said White Libyans and Tunisians and Egyptians are robbing and terrorizing the tens of thousands, perhaps hundreds of thousands Black Africans from other countries and caught in the Arab revolution against Gaddafi - and European ships are refusing to help or evacuate these victims, taking only Whites, largely, he suggests, because European countries are reluctant to take Blacks onto their soil. Libyans and their neighbors are justifying their actions by saying all Blacks are Gaddafi mercenaries.
    Racism - the ugly side of human nature during violent political upset.
    Rudy Haugeneder

    March 1, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel

      And nobody more so Rudy,than this Silvio Berlusconi of Italy. He treats the Black Africans like garbage as he expells them from Italy in droves while the ones he doesn't lives in hopeless squalor in Italy. This definately is not right!!!

      March 1, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Nabil

    Gadafi says "all my people will die for me" it should read "because of me". then he keeps talking about opposition using hallucinations drugs , I am wondering who is realy using them? most probably the colonel him self !

    March 1, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Cesar

    Hi Mohamad. Pls say hi to your grandmother for me, her apple pie is great. Tu ellas un pinche puto desgraciado.@Cesar Pinche maricon tu madra puta. @Pablo hi. Joto way puton. 5 govenors in one day-that's a lot.

    March 1, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cesar

      Lo siento caballeros y damas,no escribe lo arriba como nunca me siervo de aqulla asquerosa lenguaje como mi burlador,Muchacho Gracioso(Phunnie boy en ingles).

      March 1, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      thought it was 6 , didnt bohar bone her to

      March 1, 2011 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Gny Sgt. John Brooks

    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the United States was exploring "all possible options," and that "nothing is off the table.”Col. Gadhafi and those around him must be held accountable for these acts, which violate international legal obligations and common decency. If Hillary wants to rattle the US sabers’ fine. Let her go get her panties all wadded up in Libya. The Marines have enough to do already. WE ARE NOT THE WORLD POLICE FORCE!

    March 1, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Ttata

    Why do jews change their names so much ? Why do jews move to countries that have money ? Why do jews always try to wiggle their way into positons of power, whether it be government, banks, wall street, school superintendant etc ? Why did you do the same in Germany ? P!ssed because they caught onto you ? Talented, smart but always make that fatal mistake of p!ssing the majority of people off. You've always had a taste for the good life at others expense. I know,,,lets have a telethon here,,a fund raiser there to show how much you care about someone else, while indulging afterwards like no generation before you. Narssicism is what you've been known for over the centuries. Most Americans were in the dark for decades about your control of most of America's media outlets, in a way you've single handedly helped pave the way for what we face today,,,mass confusion. While you promote mixing of the gentile races you pay for and rigorously support the marriage and breeding of your own. A breed of smart gypsies roaming the earth, always trying to change the countries who let you in for your own personal wealth and the hell with the host country and it's people. Viruses.

    March 1, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
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