On Thursday, it was announced that the head of the Libyan rebel armed forces, Abdel Fattah Younes, had been killed by gunmen in Benghazi, along with two military aides. The announcement was made by the head of the rebel National Transitional Council (NTC), Mustafa Abdul Jalil, who called Younes ‘one of the heroes of the 17th February revolution’. One of the assailants has been reportedly captured, with a manhunt underway in Benghazi to locate the others.
On Friday, heavy fighting continued in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa. Street protests that erupted in January against the rule of President Ali Abdullah Saleh have escalated to the point where the capital has been divided between those forces loyal to the President and rival tribal militias. The fighting has killed at least 135 people in the last ten days. Street combat between government and tribal forces has also led to the temporary grounding of flights at Yemen’s main airport.