A mob of Egyptians smashed through security barriers and broke into the building that houses the Israeli embassy in Cairo. Some 80 diplomats and their families left the country as Egyptian commandos dispersed the assailants.
In an attempt to fend off calls for more freedom, Algeria’s president Abdelaziz Bouteflika announced plans to allow independent radio and television stations for the first time since independence in 1962.
A UN panel warned that Yemen is close to a civil war. Its president Ali Abdullah Saleh is still recovering in Saudi Arabia from an attack in his palace three months ago. Saleh instructed his vice-president to arrange for power to be handed over to a new government.