Unrest Grows in the Middle East

By: CBS
By: CBS

It was another day of rallies and violence across the Middle East, as Egypt inspired protestors to fight for government reform. Hundreds have died in clashes with government forces. President Obama is condemning the violence.

Amateur video shows protestors in Libya planting their own flag of independence on top of a government building in the capitol of Tripoli.

Demonstrators claim to have taken control of Benghazi, Libya's second largest city. Gunfire rang out under the blare of car horns and chanting crowds, as protestors celebrated.

Leader Muammar Qaddafi finally appeared on state television. He spoke for less than a minute and only said he is still Libya, but his rule is being challenged.

A top Libyan diplomat is calling for Quaddafi to resign , and two Libyan fighter pilots who claim they were ordered to fire on demonstrators… landed in nearby Malta seeking asylum.

Libya's crackdown on protestors has left more than 200 people dead.

The White House is pressing Libya to avoid violence as the administration keeps a close watch on the unrest that's spreading across the region.

In Yemen, the U.S.-backed president still refuses to step down, even as thousands of demonstrators rallied for his resignation.

And after a week of protests in Bahrain, tensions are still boiling. Now, a group of young protestors is demanding the removal of the entire monarchy in this tiny nation critical in the U.S. fight against terrorism

Back in Libya, the chaos has sparked large-scale evacuations. The U.S. State Department has ordered all non-essential workers out of the country with no end in sight to the violence.

Some private companies like b-p are pulling their workers out of libya as well... Chartering planes and sending boats to take them out of the country.


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