Syria, Libya and Middle East unrest – Friday 17 FebruaryBy
• Libya marks first anniversary of uprising against Gaddafi
• UN general assembly calls for President Assad to go
• Death of Middle East reporter Anthony Shadid
8.31am: Good morning and welcome to Middle East live. Today is the one-year anniversary of the uprising against the Gaddafi regime in Libya. We shall be keeping our eyes on events there, as well as the continuing bloodshed in Syria.
Here’s a brief summary of developments so far:
• The UN general assembly has approved a resolution backing the Arab League’s plan for Syria and calling on President Assad to step down. It also strongly condemned human rights violations by his regime. Voting was 137 in favour with 12 against and 17 abstentions.
• There are many tributes this morning to Anthony Shadid, the highly respected New York Times reporter who did yesterday in Syria at the age of 43. He had apparently suffered an asthma attack.
• It’s exactly one year since the start of the uprising against Colonel Gaddafi – and a moment to take stock of what has happened in Libya since then. Here’s an assessment written by the late Anthony Shadid little more than a week ago.
from Brian Whitaker