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Mass rally to support Syria and Jerusalem in Baghdad

 Baghdad (ST)-The Iraqi national and popular committees for supporting Syria and resistance on Saturday organized a mass rally for sustaining Syria and Jerusalem and will last to the 25th of this month.

Secretary General of the Iraqi National Constitution Conference Jawad al-Khalisi illustrated during the conference prelude symposium the strong relation between the occupation of Palestine and the cosmopolitan conspiracy targeting the immunity and resistance of Syria.

Al-Khalsi pointed out that the crimes that are perpetrated by the terrorist gangs in Syria offer great service to the continuity of the Zionist entity usurpation of Palestine.

“There is no tool to liberate Palestine except the unity of the Syrian, Lebanese, Palestinian and Iraqi resistance”, Chief of the Arab Iraqi Popular committee for supporting Syria and resistance Abdulrida al-Hamid said, holding the Arab regimes yielding to the western hegemony responsible for the continuity of Palestine’s usurpation and the plot contrived against Syria.

Al-Hamid appealed the Syrian leadership to allow volunteers of the Arab Iraqi popular committee for supporting Syria and resistance to head to Damascus for doing their duty in defending the beating heart of pan-Arabism. 

For his part, Iraq’s former Prime Minister Salam Al-Zauby called for enhancing the national dialogue in Syria to solve the country’s crisis.


Pro-Palestine activists to hold Nakba Day demo

British pro-Palestine activists are to hold Nakba Day demonstration in London on May 15, 2013,according to Press Tv.

Pro-Palestine campaigners from across Britain are to stage a protest in London later this week on Nakba Day, marking the 65th anniversary of evicting Palestinians from their homes by Israelis.

The demonstration is planned to be held at 1 p.m. across Downing Street on Wednesday May 15 in coordination with international rallies around the world.

The Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) will be also hosting a series of Nakba Week events between 11 and 17 May, including a speaking tour by Palestinian rights activist Mousa Abu Maria in Belfast, Cork, Limerick and Dublin.

Another protest rally dubbed “End the ongoing Nakba-Palestine’s catastrophe” and organized by Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC), will be held outside the British Parliament on May 18.

Palestinians refer to the May 15, 1948, occupation of Palestine as the “Nakba Day,” which means the Day of Catastrophe in Arabic, to mark the expulsion of more than 700,000 Palestinians from their homeland almost 65 years ago.

Israeli occupation forces have wiped nearly 500 Palestinian villages and towns off the map, leaving an estimated total of 4.7 million Palestinian refugees hoping for an eventual return to their homeland more than six decades later.

On May 13 last year, Palestinians commemorated Nakba Day outside Downing Street in London, carrying placards reading, “free Palestine,” “end ethnic cleansing in Jerusalem,” and “end the siege on Gaza.”


Protesters Tell Erdogan to Resign

TEHRAN (ST)- Turkish protesters called for Prime Minister RecepTayyipErdogan to step down following two car bombings in a town near the Syrian border.

Scores of people took to the streets of the town of Reyhanli in on Saturday after more than 40 people were killed in two car bombings that jolted the town earlier in the day, press tv reported.

The angry demonstrators said the outbreak of violence was due to the Erdogan administration's anti-Syria policy.

Security was tight in the center of Reyhanli, near the scene of the blasts, with the security forces setting up checkpoints to control entry into and exit from the town, witnesses said.

A similar demonstration was briefly held in Ankara, in which dozens of people marched in the street and chanted slogans criticizing Erdogan and Foreign Minister AhmetDavutoglu.

Turkish opposition parties have censured the Turkish government for its intervention in Syria's internal affairs.

Last July, the leader of the Republican People's Party warned the government against dragging the country into the "Middle Eastern quagmire" with its aggressive anti-Syria stance.

The crisis in Syria began in March 2011, and many people, including large numbers of soldiers and security personnel, have been killed in the violence.

The Syrian government says that the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and there are reports that a very large number of the militants are foreign nationals.


Five Killed in Iraq's Violence

Five people, including two soldiers, were killed in attacks in Northern Iraq, an official source said.

Insurgents attacked an army checkpoint in the Northern city of Mosul, sparking a gun battle in which one soldier and three gunmen were killed, a security official said.

A soldier was killed and two wounded in a shelling attack on an army checkpoint in the town of Baiji, around 200 kilometers North of Baghdad, the Voice of Russia reported.

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Malikia has vowed to crack down on militias after a rise in attacks on security forces and state institutions.

The United Nations said April was the deadliest month in Iraq since June 2008, with more than 700 people killed and 1,600 wounded.


Roknabadi: Lebanese FM Underline Political Solution to Syrian Crisis

TEHRAN - Iran's Ambassador to Beirut Qazanfar Roknabadi and Lebanese Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour stressed the necessity for finding a political solution to the current crisis in Syria,according to FNA.

During the meeting on Friday, the Lebanese foreign minister pointed to Iran's leading role in the region and said the Islamic Republic has always taken steps to serve regional nations' interests and encourage unity among them.

"We also believe that the crisis in Syria has no other solution but a political one and dialogue, and we have always underscored this issue," Mansour stated.

The Iranian ambassador, for his part, condemned the recent Israeli aggression against a research center in Syria, saying it proved that the US and the Israeli regime seek to strengthen Tel Aviv's security by supporting Takfiri groups in Syria, and destroying infrastructures in the Arab country.

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.