Protests heated up across the Middle East and North Africa Friday.
At least three people were reported killed in Syria as security forces opened fire and used tear gas and batons to crack down on protesters across the country.
Witnesses say at least one demonstrator was killed in Oman as security forces fired water cannons and used tear gas to disperse hundreds of protesters in the northern part of the country.
Thousands of demonstrators filled Tahrir Square in Egypt’s capital, Cairo, calling on the transitional military-run government to keep up political and social reforms.
Tens of thousands of rival demonstrators rallied in the streets of Yemen’s capital, Sana’a, some showing support for the government — others calling for an immediate end to President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s 32-year rule.
Police separated hundreds of pro-reform protesters and government supporters as they peacefully staged rival rallies in Jordan’s capital, Amman.
And in Bahrain, authorities released Mahmood al-Yousif, a prominent blogger critical of the Bahraini government’s limits on freedom of expression. He had been detained Wednesday.
Meanwhile, battles raged in Libya on two key fronts, as an opposition leader said rebels are willing to accept a cease-fire if leader Moammar Gadhafi ends his military siege.