British have announced they will send military advisors to help Libya's rebels as shelling and fighting continue in the besieged city of Misrata, the lone rebel outpost in the west. NATO commanders have conceded that they are unable to significantly impact government artillery to aid the rebels.
The government lifted the country's nearly 50-year-old state of emergency, meeting a key demand of anti-government protesters, but opposition leaders dismissed it as an attempt by President Bashar Assad to claim reforms while maintaing his hard-line rule. The blunt response suggested the month-old uprising could be entering a more volatile stage.
A government fact-finding mission has concluded that at least 846 Egyptians died during the three week uprising that brought down the previous government and laid the blame squarely on the former interior minister who ordered police to open fire on demonstrators. The commission also said former President Hosni Mubarak was responsible. Mubarak is under investigation for his role in the deaths.
Security forces fire on anti-government protesters in Yemen's capital and the city of Taiz, as hundreds of thousands of marchers around the country, killing a total of 3. Representatives from the government traveled to Abu Dhabi to discuss a regional initiative to defuse the crisis.