Maronite Patriarch for Ending Aggressive War on Syria


BEIRUT,(ST)_ Maronite Patriarch Cardinal Mar Beshara Boutros  al-Rai renewed  his call provided  to stop armament and the flow of funds so as to end the war of aggression launched against Syria.

During his  meeting with the Syrian Ambassador to Lebanon Ali Abdul Karim in Bkirki, al-Rai said : "Syria is always in our prayers to stop massacres against the Syrian people."

Ambassador Abdul Karim ,during the meeting ,congratulated  Patriarch al-Rai on the  Easter.

T. Fateh

Occupation planes bombard Gaza


"Israel" launched an airstrike on the Palestinian Gaza Strip on Tuesday, the first such attack since a truce ended an eight-day cross-border war in November, Hamas, the Islamist movement that controls the territory, said.

"Occupation planes bombarded an open area in northern Gaza, there were no wounded," a statement from the Hamas Interior Ministry said, according to the Voice of Russia.

An Israeli occupation forces  spokeswoman confirmed there had been a strike in Gaza, but gave no further details.


Iran Urges Armenia to Condemn Terrorists' Use of Chemical Weapons in Syria

Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi called on Armenia to condemn the recent use of chemical weapons by the terrorists against the Syrian nation.

Earlier this month, terrorists fired a rocket containing chemical substances in the Khan al-Assal area of rural Aleppo and reports indicated that around 25 people were killed, most of them civilians.

The Iranian foreign minister made the remarks in a message to his Armenian counterpart Eduard Nalbandian on Monday,according to the FNA.

"As one of the main victims of such weapons, the Islamic Republic calls on Armenia to spare no effort to prevent the repetition of similar incidents in future," Salehi said in his message.

Salehi's message was conveyed to Nalbandian by Iranian Ambassador to Yerevan Mohammad Rayeesi.

Syria has asked for an independent investigation into the use of chemical weapons by militants in Aleppo.

The chemical attack came after a video footage posted on the internet late in January showed that the armed militants in Syria possessed canisters containing chemical sbstances.

The foreign-sponsored militants had earlier released footage in which rabbits were killed by inhaling poisonous gas.

Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011 with organized attacks by well-armed gangs against Syrian police forces and border guards being reported across the country.

Hundreds of people, including members of the security forces, have been killed, when some protest rallies turned into armed clashes.

The government blames outlaws, saboteurs, and armed terrorist groups for the deaths, stressing that the unrest is being orchestrated from abroad.


Bahrain's Police Break Up Women's Protest with Stun Grenades

Bahrain's security forces used stun grenades and teargas to disperse anti-government demonstrators in the West coast town of Malkiya after a women's protest was banned by authorities.

Protesters came out to show support for political prisoners who remain in jail and to demonstrate against the upcoming Formula One race in April, RT reported.

For the same reasons protesters in Bahrain's capital, Manama, clashed with police who used teargas and sound bombs to disperse their demonstration against the regime on Friday.

Just two weeks ago police used teargas on thousands of protesters who came out near Manama to mark the second anniversary of the Saudi-led intervention that quelled the 2011 uprising in Bahrain.

Anti-government protesters have been holding peaceful demonstrations across Bahrain since mid-February 2011.

Violence against the defenseless people escalated after a Saudi-led conglomerate of police, security and military forces from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states - Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Oman and Qatar - were dispatched to the tiny kingdom on March 13, 2011, to help Manama crack down on peaceful protestors.

So far, tens of people have been killed, hundreds have gone missing and thousands of others have been injured.


Palestinian Prisoners Protest After Abu Hamdiya Dies

Hundreds of Palestinian prisoners staged protests in "Israeli" jails on Tuesday as the Palestinian leadership accused "Israel" of deliberately delaying the treatment of a fellow prisoner who died that morning of cancer.

Maysara Abu Hamdiya, 64, a retired general in the Palestinian Authority security services, died in a hospital in southern "Israel" two months after receiving a diagnosis of throat cancer. Mr. Hamdiya was detained by" Israel" in 2002, at the height of the second Palestinian uprising and was serving a life ,according to the NYT.

Mr. Hamdiya’s death came amid efforts by the Western-backed Palestinian leadership to place the prisoner issue high on the diplomatic agenda, with the Obama administration calling for a renewal of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. Emotions over the prisoner issue have been running high among the Palestinian public in recent months, leading to protests in support of prisoners on hunger strikes and over the death of a prisoner in February under disputed circumstances.

The Palestinian Authority said Mr. Hamdiya had been suffering severe throat pain since August. In the days and weeks leading up to his death, Palestinian representatives blamed "Israel"for procrastinating in his diagnosis and treatment as they pressed for his early release.

The office of Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian Authority, said in a statement that it held the Israeli government “fully responsible” for Mr. Hamdiya’s death, which it said stemmed from a policy of “deliberate medical negligence.”

Salam Fayyad, the prime minister of the authority, also accused the Israeli prison authorities of a “policy of medical negligence,” saying in a statement that the delay in treating Mr. Hamdiya “was a primary reason for his martyrdom.” He called for international monitoring of the conditions inside Israel’s prisons.

Prisoners in Israeli custody hold an honored place in Palestinian society, with many Palestinians regarding even compatriots convicted of deadly terrorist acts as political prisoners and fighters for the Palestinian cause.

With news of Mr. Hamdiya’s death, Palestinian prisoners in several Israeli jails erupted in anger, banging on cell doors and throwing objects.

Protests  also broke out in the southern West Bank city of Hebron, Mr. Hamdiya’s hometown, where many stores closed in protest on Tuesday and a public hall was opened to receive mourners.