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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Newslinks: February 17

I just viewed a close-up picture of a young girl who was hit with a shotgun blast in Pearl Sq in Manama, Bahrain. Apparently shot by police, but no confirmation yet. She was maybe 5 or 6 years old. Details as I get them.

Reports from Libya state that Gaddafi is basically paying people to protest in support of his regime by giving them cars. These cars are also unregistered (no license plates) so the operators cannot be identified.

Unconfirmed reports from Libya state that the government has opened the jails and even armed some prisoners. Unconfirmed.

Bahrain: Five dead, scores injured, including a "young girl." Riot police targeting doctors, medics and ambulance personnel trying to aid victims. State TV reporting that police are being savagely attacked by the protesters.

Libya: Unconfirmed via social network sites: violence in Libya is escalating as protesters and police clash. Fourteen dead, unknown injuries. Fourteen writers, activists and bloggers detained. Anti-Gaddafi website hacked and blocked by ISP. Government sending messages via SMS threatening use of live ammunition on protesters.

Yemen: Very little reported, confirmed, news. Sana's AP bureau reporting police and pro-government supporters using batons and daggers on protesters in city center.

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