Libya's opposition says it would consider ceasefire: April 1 Mideast update
The opposition would maintain its insistence on Qaddafi's removal from power. Friday protests are sweeping through Syria, while Egyptians are demonstrating against a new law criminalizing protests.
Another day of protests kicked off in Syria after Friday prayers, despite more than 100 deaths so far from the government crackdown on demonstrations. Protesters seem unconvinced that government officials are serious about reform, despite hints of change.
Libya's opposition government said that it would accept a cease-fire with Qaddafi's forces if Qaddafi pulls his troops out of all Libyan cities and allows Libyans to demonstrate peacefully. However, the end goal remains Qaddafi's removal from power, said Mustafa Abdul-Jalil, head of the interim government.
US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates insisted that there would be no American forces on the ground in Libya.
Both supporters of President Ali Abdullah Saleh and those calling for his removal from office turned out in the streets of Sanaa on Friday. According to The New York Times, the opposition protests were the largest yet since protests began several weeks ago.
Thousands came to Tahrir Square on Friday to protest a recently passed law that criminalizes protests. The protesters whose efforts brought down former President Hosni Mubarak are concerned that Egypt's interim government has sidelined reform.