Arab States Weekly Review 17th – 23rd Sep 2011

Libyan rebels tightened their squeeze on the three towns remaining under control of Colonel Qaddafi: Bani Walid, Sirte and Sebha. The African Union agreed to recognise the National Transitional Council as the country’s ruling authority.

Yemeni capital Sana’a experienced three days of fighting between government forces and deserters calling for the resignation of President Saleh, who has been recuperating in Saudi Arabia following a bomb attack on his life in June. The battle left at least 70 people dead, most of them anti-government protesters.

The Palestinians seemed set to bid for full statehood at the United Nations to the consternation of Israel and the United States, which was sure to veto the application in the Security Council.

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