Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Amid a fresh wave of violent crackdown on revolution in Libya, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has urged Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi to meet public demand.

President Ahmadinejad addressed leaders of countries who replied the popular revolutions “with a bullet” and said, “I highly recommend leaders of these countries to let their people express their words and that they should follow public views,” IRNA reported Wednesday. 

He expressed the world's outrage at “bad behavior of the Libyan government towards the people” and added, “All should yield to demands of their own nation. Otherwise, the outcome is already clear.”

The Iranian chief executive warned that resistance against demands of a nation would result in no achievement, stressing world leaders to “hear the voice of their people.”

President Ahmadinejad pointed out that world leaders should be along with people, behave and live like them and make efforts for their progress and development. 

The UK Prime Minister has admitted that Britain played a direct role in destabilizing the Middle East region by supporting dictators who suppress their own people.

David Cameron conceded to his country's support for despots in the region while he was addressing the Kuwaiti Parliament on Tuesday on the second leg of his tour of the Middle East region where he was paying a visit along with the heads of eight giant British weapons manufacturing companies. 

The Prime Minister said that popular uprisings now flaring across the Middle East showed that the West, Britain and the US in particular, had been wrong to support dictators and oppressive regimes that suppress human rights.

"History is sweeping through your neighborhood," he said.

"Not as a result of force and violence, but by people seeking their rights, and in the vast majority of cases doing so peacefully and bravely", added Cameron. 

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah has returned home after three months of treatment abroad for a back ailment.

The 86-year-old king arrived in the capital Riyadh on Wednesday and was treated by a red carpet reception, state-run al-Akhbariya television news network reported. 

The Saudi king headed to the United States to undergo medical treatment on a herniated disc in his back in November. Abdullah first underwent a successful operation on November 24. He had a follow-up back surgery on December 3 to stabilize several vertebrae in his spinal column. 

He left the New York Presbyterian Hospital / Weill Cornell Medical Center in good health on the night of Dec 21, 2010 to spend a period of convalescence and complete his physiotherapy at his residence in New York. 

King Abdullah arrived in Casablanca in Morocco on January 22 from New York to complete physical therapy and recovery. source

Members of Iran's Parliament (Majlis) have condemned the recent violent crackdown on pro-democracy protesters by the governments of Libya, Yemen, Bahrain, and Morocco.

In a statement issued by 191 Iranian lawmakers, the recent brutal onslaught by rulers of the four Arab countries were censured, Mehr News Agency reports. 

“The regretful events in Libya, Yemen, Bahrain, and Morocco and the ruthless slaughter of unarmed people of these countries by the authoritarian rulers is reminiscent of crimes that all dictators throughout history have committed in order to stay in power,” read the statement.

“Their [the dictators'] fate, from Pharaoh to [former Iraqi dictator] Saddam [Hussein], [ousted Egyptian dictator Hosni] Mubarak and [deposed Tunisian ruler Zine El Abidine] Ben Ali has been a humiliating collapse,” it said. 

Governments across the world have condemned the Libyan regime's severe suppression of pro-democracy protesters as the death toll from the country's uprising climbs.

EU foreign ministers issued a statement on Tuesday, expressing great concern over the crisis in Libya and called for an end to the violence. 

"The legitimate aspirations and demands of people for reform must be addressed through open, inclusive, meaningful and national Libyan-led dialogue," the statement said.

The President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy, said separately that he was "horrified by the growing number of human casualties among demonstrators".

As many as 1,400 Libyans have been killed so far by the Libyan forces under Muammar Gaddafi's rule.

Amid recent unrest in Libya, UK airlines have cancelled their flights to the country but arranging commercial flights for British people to leave the North African country.

Of UK airlines, British Airways and British Midland International have cancelled their services to the capital of Libya, Trablus. The Foreign Office has also arranged commercial flights as well as charters to help British people leave the country. 

At the same time other European governments, including Italy, Greece, the Netherlands, Austria and Portugal are sending airplanes to get their people out of the unrest.

Manchester Airport spokesperson, which has always been in a daily connection with Trablus, said that all flights were cancelled. 

Greece has been hit with a general strike for the first time this year, as the country's largest public and private sectors engage in protest rallies against the government's austerity policies.

The walkout was organized by the country's largest private and public sector unions, the GSEE and ADEDY,on Wednesday. 

The strike has paralyzed maritime traffic and train services, disrupting urban transport in Athens and was set to cause a four-hour flight blackout, AFP reported.

The strike has affected operations in hospitals and schools and has even resulted in the closing down of public administration offices.

Papandreou agreed to adopt austerity measures in return for bailout loans worth EUR 110 billion by the EU and the IMF last May.

Reports say Gaddafi has reportedly ordered security forces to bomb oil pipelines to disrupt crude supplies to the Mediterranean countries.

A source close to the Gaddafi regime says Libya's embattled ruler has ordered security services to start sabotaging oil facilities, Time Magazine reported. 

The forces loyal to Gaddafi will start by blowing up several oil pipelines, cutting off the flow to the Mediterranean ports, he added.

Meanwhile, shipping groups have announced that all Libyan ports and terminals are temporarily closed due to the ongoing violence.

Many top Libyan officials, including Interior Minister Abdul Fattah Younis, have quit Gaddafi's government. 

At least thirteen Palestinians, including children, have been injured in two separate Israeli attacks in the Gaza Strip, medics say.

The incident took place during a brief incursion by Israeli forces into eastern Gaza City on Wednesday, a Press TV correspondent reported. 

Eleven Palestinians were injured after an Israeli tank shell hit eastern part of the Gaza City. 

The incident came shortly after a number of Israeli tanks and bulldozers rolled into the Palestinian territory in an apparent effort to destroy agricultural lands along the occupied border zone. 

Three members of the Al-Quds Brigades, the armed wing of Islamic Jihad, and three children are among the injured. 

Western military alliance NATO says it is keeping a close watch over Iranian naval presence in the Mediterranean, although Tehran has described the naval mission as peaceful and cordial.

Two Iranian warships sailed through the Suez Canal into the Mediterranean for the first time since the victory of the Islamic Revolution in Iran, after receiving authorization from Egypt. The vessels, Khark and Alvand, have docked at the Syrian coast for training. 

On Wednesday, AFP quoted NATO spokeswoman Oana Lungescu as saying, "We follow events in the region and we follow these two Iranian warships.” 

"We are monitoring events,” Lungescu added. 

Iran's Navy has made clear that the mission is aimed at strengthening friendly relations with other countries and conveying Tehran's message of peace and security in international waters. 

Several Western countries have been accused of turning a blind eye to the deadly crackdown in Libya in order to safeguard their economic interests.

Gaddafi's ties with the West have had ups and downs, but relations between Italy and Libya have warmed over the last few years. 

Libya currently provides about 20 percent of Italy's oil imports. It has developed cordial relations with Britain, France and the United States as well. 

Experts say Western countries have turned a blind eye to crimes being committed against Libyan people by Gaddafi's autocratic regime due to economic interests 

Colonel Muammar Gaddafi has ruled Libya for more than four decades. 

Some 1,400 people have been killed by Libyan security forces in bomb attacks against pro-democracy demonstrators in the North African country. 

A Libyan military aircraft has reportedly crashed near the city of Benghazi after pilots refused to bomb peaceful pro-democracy protesters, reports say.

The pilot and co-pilot had refused bombing orders and parachuted out of their aircraft in an uninhabited area. 

A Libyan daily says the plane had orders to bomb the city but the crew refused to carry out the deadly mission. 

This comes after Libyan tyrant Colonel Muammar Gaddafi pledged to crush the popular revolution in the oil-rich country. The government has even used air raids to suppress persisting mass demonstrations. 
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