The Lebanese Minister of Interior, Raya al-Hassan, announced that her ministry is planning on reforming Lebanon's overcrowded prisons. However, activists say that unless broad, structural reforms to the administration of the prisons are also passed, these reforms will only have a moderate impact.
Egyptian security forces continue their sweeping operation against Islamist militants in Sinai Peninsula. During their last campaign, the Egyptian security forces were able to kill 11 suspected jihadists in el-Arish, the capital of North Sinai province.
King Abdullah II of Jordan expected to meet Prime Minister Hani al-Mulki later on Monday as protests in Amman continue over tax increases. The tax increases came after an IMF-backed tax reform bill was sent to parliament last month.