Protesters in Libya have defied a security crackdown and taken to the streets in four cities for a "day of rage," inspired by uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia, reports say.
Several hundred supporters of Muammar Gaddafi, the country's longtime leader, have also reportedly gathered in the capital on Thursday to counter online calls for anti-government protests.
Their action comes amid reports that at least 14 people have been killed in clashes between pro and anti-government protesters since Wednesday.
New York-based Human Rights Watch said that Libyan authorities had detained 14 activists, writers and protesters who had been preparing the anti-government protests.
Bahrain police brutally raid sleeping protest camp, several reported deadIt's no longer only one location in the Bahrain capital as the police move in to crush the protests.
An Al Jazeera correspondent, who cannot be named for security reasons, said on Thursday that "clashes were no longer limited to one place...they are now spread out in different parts of the city".
There were also reports of dozens of armored vehicles moving towards the Pearl Roundabout, the protest site that was raided by the riot police.
Heavily-armed police stormed the traffic circle while the protesters camping overnight were asleep.
Speaking to Al Jazeera from Salmaniya hospital, the main medical facility in Manama, Maryama Alkawaka of Bahrain Center for Human Rights, said that she saw dozens of injured demonstrators being wheeled into emergency rooms early on Thursday morning.