Fri Feb 18th, 2011 at 01:33:43 PM EST
This Friday appears quite intense in the middle east, reports are coming in from several countries of clashes So here's a place to drop general stories
we have Bahrain
PressTV - 'Army massacring Bahraini protesters'
The Bahraini military has opened machinegun fire on protesters who were trying to reach hospitals, injuring hundreds, in what appears to be an attempted massacre, medics say.
The Army has prevented ambulances and medics from reaching those wounded amid massive pro-democracy protests in Bahrain, Dr. Ghasam, a resident at Salmaniyeh hospital in Manama, told Press TV on Friday.
He said that the protesters were marching to hospital in silence to visit those wounded in the previous rallies, when they were ambushed by troops waiting near the hospital.
"They did not even chant anti-government slogans, they wanted to visit those injured on Thursday," Dr. Ghasem said.
He maintained that the massacre was planned in advance.
This picture is reported to be of the protest just before the army opened fire on protestors. But there is no confirmation as to time or location of this photo
Andy Carvin (acarvin) on Twitter
Hearing same, totally unconfirmed. RT @evanchill: A source in Benghazi claims that the city "has fallen" and is taken over by "the people."
Andy Carvin (acarvin) on Twitter
ShababLibya the radio station #gaddafi announced his coup from in benghazi is now no more, #Benghazi will make an announcement shortly #Libya #Feb17
Fresh protests hit Iraqi cities - Middle East - Al Jazeera English
Violent protests have taken place at various locations in Iraq, with anti-government protesters rallying against corruption, poor basic services and high unemployment.
In Basra, the country's second largest city, about 1,000 people rallied on Friday, demanding better service delivery from the government, jobs and improved pensions.
They called for the provincial governor to resign, and blocked a bridge for an hour. Protesters shouted slogans saying that while Friday's protests would be peaceful, ones held in the future may not be.
"We're living in miserable conditions, no electricity, dirty, muddy streets. We have to make changes. We should not be silent," said Qais Jabbar, one of the protesters.
BBC News - Yemen: Deadly grenade attack on protests
At least one person has been killed in Yemen after a hand grenade was thrown at anti-government protesters in the city of Taiz, witnesses say.
Reports say a car drove up to the demonstrators in the southern city and a passenger then hurled the grenade. A number of people were injured.
At least one other person was killed during a rally in the city of Aden.
BBC News - Djibouti: Ismael Omar Guelleh faces huge protest march
Thousands of people have taken to the streets of Djibouti to call for President Ismael Omar Guelleh to step down.
The demonstrators were reportedly monitored closely by security forces in riot gear.
Mr Guelleh's family has governed the Red Sea city state since independence from France in 1977. The United States has a large military base in Djibouti.
The constitution was last year amended, to let Mr Guelleh seek a third term.
BBC News - Middle East unrest: Clashes erupt at Jordan protest
Protesters have clashed with government supporters in Jordan, where crowds had gathered to demand political reform.
Eyewitnesses said a small group of government supporters attacked the protesters with sticks and stones in central Amman.
The police moved in to separate the two groups, but activists say eight protesters were hurt in the scuffles.
Protests in Jordan, much smaller-scale than in other parts of the Middle East, have been going on for seven weeks.