Occupation Forces Broke into Estelle Humanitarian Aid Ship




Israeli occupation naval forces broke into the Finnish-flagged Estelle Boat, bound to Gaza Strip, Saturday.

The Estella carries on board humanitarian aid including medicine, food and building materials.

The Estella was forced by Israeli occupation navy into Ashdod Port, according to the humanitarian boat organizers.

17 passengers are on board the Estelle, including five parliamentarians from Europe and a former Canadian lawmaker.

Israeli occupation troops stormed in May 2010, into the Turkish Marmara Flotilla, and killed nine Turkish peace activists.

Syria Times




Car explosion at Sasssine Square : 3 killed and 10 wounded




BEIRUT, (ST)_  At least three people were killed and 10 others wounded in an explosion in the Beirut neighborhood of Ashrafieh Friday.

The explosion of a car , according to the Lebanese Daily Star, took place at the Sassine Square, around 3 p. m., and caused  huge plumes of smoke.

Lebanese MTV satellite station pointed out that at least seven cars were set ablaze as a result of the blast.


M.A. Al-Ibrahim




al-Ibrahimi: Solution to Crisis in Syria Depends on Syrians

BEIRUT, (ST) –UN envoy to Syria, Lakhdar al-Ibrahimi reiterated that solution to the crisis in Syria  depends mainly on the Syrians.

 "finding a solution to the crisis in Syria is based on Kofi Annan's plan and Geneva statement," al-Ibrahimi commented on his mission.

Brahimi held  a press conference in Beirut Wednesday, in which he confirmed "in dealing  with the crisis  we are depending on different view points , particularly Annan's six-point plan and UN Security Council  backed-Geneva statement  and the region's majority states."

"holding talks with all sides to stop bloodshed in Syria by the Syrians themselves as to solve their problems is our main task," said al-Ibrahimi, asserting  that the solution to the crisis lies in the hands of the Syrians with a possibility of  an international support by the UN.

al-Ibrahimi made it clear  that the neighboring countries are interested in solving the crisis in a bid to end  the suffering of the Syrian people.

Asked about his ''truce'' proposal on the occasion of Eid al-Adha, al-Ibrahimi replied "the Syrian Government response is  OK; .Hence, if the opposition positively responded to the proposal, it might be a tiny step towards ceasefire only to start   withdrawing heavy weapons and to halt the flow of arms from outside, as  to reach a political solution to the crisis in Syria."


M. Daoud

China Strongly Opposed to New EU Sanctions on Iran

 TEHRAN - China lambasted the European Union on Tuesday for imposing new sanctions on Iran over its nuclear program, calling again for talks to resolve the stand-off.

 "We oppose the imposition of unilateral sanctions on Iran and believe that using sanctions to exert pressure cannot fundamentally resolve the Iran nuclear issue," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said.

 "It can only make the situation more complex and intensify confrontation... We hope that all relevant parties can show flexibility, increase communication and push for a new round of talks as soon as possible," Lei added according to Reuters.

 Iran is under four rounds of UN Security Council sanctions for turning down West's calls to give up its right of uranium enrichment, saying the demand is politically tainted and illogical.

 Iranian officials have always stressed that the International and unilateral sanctions against Iran have had no result but inflicting damage on the European companies.






Maliki Warns of Continued Crisis in Syria

 TEHRAN- Few hours after UN envoy Lakhdar Brahimi called for a ceasefire in Syria, Iraqi Prime Minister asked for a rapid settlement of the ongoing conflict during talks with the Algerian diplomat.

 "The prime minister warned of continuing the crisis in Syria, and called for quick movement in order to maintain the security and stability of the region," the statement from Maliki's office said, Almanar reported.

 "Iraq backs all the efforts of the UN-Arab League envoy to Syria for the sake of reaching a political solution for the worsening crisis in Syria," it quoted Maliki as saying.

 Brahimi also met with Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari on his brief trip to Baghdad, the latest stop on his second regional tour aimed at finding a solution to the crisis in Syria.

 Brahimi met with officials in Saudi Arabia and Turkey last week, and was in Tehran before arriving in Baghdad on Monday.