(BEIRUT) Protest Report: ‘They have to pay for what they did’: Families of blast victims fight for justice #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Aug.02: Mohamed Fahmi, we will not leave you alone. Lift the immunity,” cries a spokesman for the victims’ families…..

#AceDailyNews says ……With their palms covered in red paint, women dressed in black hold framed photos of their loved ones aloft……….Empty white coffins that symbolise those killed in the Beirut blast are carried through the crowd………….Protesters pelt the interior minister’s home with tomatoes and try to scale the building’s walls.

Demonstrators and families of the Beirut blast victims gather for a protest outside the residence of Lebanon’s Interior Minister in the Qoraitem neighbourhood of western Beirut on July 13, 2021. © AFP

31/07/2021 – 12:23

Hundreds of protesters scuffled with riot police outside the home of Lebanon’s caretaker interior minister on July 13 amid growing anger over the stalled investigation into the Beirut blast.

Fahmi “is killing us a second time”, Mariana Fodoulian, whose sister Gaia was killed in the blast on August 4, 2020, told FRANCE 24 by phone.

Gaia Foudalian, 29, a Lebanese-Armenian art gallerist and product designer, was at home with her mother in the eastern district of Achrafieh when a massive stockpile of ammonium nitrate blew up in the port shortly after 6pm, rocking Lebanon’s capital with an explosion that was felt as far away as Cyprus.Gaia Fodoulian, 29, an art gallerist and product designer, was among the 217 people killed in the Beirut explosion on August 4, 2020.  © Mariana Fodoulian

Mariana dashed to her younger sister’s side after a frantic phone call from her mother, rushing the unconscious Gaia to hospital after hospital for help and manually pumping her oxygen in the back of an ambulance that had no paramedic. But Gaia died of a brain haemorrhage at the fifth hospital she was taken to.

A year after the explosion, in which 218 people were killed and a further 7,000 injured, none of the victims’ families in Lebanon have been asked to give witness statements. Nor have they received any form of official apology or even been contacted by Lebanese authorities.

Fodoulian is incensed that top Lebanese officials, who repeatedly ignored warnings about the dangers of the explosives stored in the port, have yet to be held accountable.

“They have to pay for what they did,” said Fodoulian, who has given up her job as a veterinarian to better focus on fighting for justice for her sister. As president of the Beirut Port Explosion Victims’ Families Association, she helps organise protests and mobilises people on social media as part of the families’ campaign for justice.

First they want answers to their “many questions”. They want to know why the ammonium nitrate was in the port, who ordered it and what’s happened to the rest of it (just 750 tonnes out of the 2,750 stored there reportedly exploded). They want to know what other explosives are being kept in the port, and how the fire that triggered the explosion was started.

“Knowing the truth will not bring my sister back,” said Fodoulian, “But when they (Lebanon’s ruling elite) pay for what they did, maybe we can have a change here in Lebanon and we can live in a normal country.”

‘Obstruction, evasion and delay’

Lebanese authorities initially promised a swift investigation into the blast, vowing to deliver “results within five days”. President Michel Aoun rubbished calls for an independent, international investigation as a “waste of time”.

But over the past 12 months, the investigation into the biggest crime in Lebanon’s history has been “marked by little more than obstruction, evasion, and delay”, according to Human Rights Watch.

Authorities assigned just one investigative judge to the case while “the political class have just set up roadblock after roadblock”, said Aya Majzoub, the Lebanon researcher for Human Rights Watch.

When the first judge assigned to the case, Fadi Sawan, tried last December to charge the then caretaker prime minister Hassan Diab and three senior cabinet ministers with “negligence and causing death to hundreds”, he was dismissed.  

His successor, Judge Tarek Bitar, appointed in February, took a different approach, requesting that MPs immunity be lifted, and asking permission to investigate top security officials such as Abbas Ibrahim, one of Lebanon’s most senior generals, over his role in the blast.

But judges in Lebanon are assigned by politicians, meaning the decision to lift immunity lies in the hands of those implicated.

Interior Minister Fahmi initially said he would lift immunity on Ibrahim, allowing Bitar to prosecute him, only to later change his mind and reject Bitar’s request – a move that sparked widespread anger among the victims’ families.

“They are all covering for each other,” said Fodoulian.

Just some 25 mid- to low-level officials, who worked at the port in administrative and security jobs, are languishing in Lebanese jails while the top officials named by Bitar have yet to be indicted.

‘Living near a bomb for seven years’

Government officials ignored repeated warnings, documents show, of the “extreme danger” posed by the 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate that had been improperly stored in the port since 2014.

“They kept us living near a bomb for seven years,” said Mireille El Khoury, whose mischievous 15-year-old son Elias was killed in his own bedroom by the force of the blast.

“He wanted to be an architect like his father. He liked to tease me – saying he was dropping out of school to be a rapper.”Elias El Khoury, 15, was killed in the Beirut blast that devastated much of the Lebanese capital on August 4, 2020.  © Mireille El Khoury

“He had many dreams. His dreams were as big as the world and he had lots of potential. If he was born in some other country than Lebanon – he would have done wonders,” she said, speaking in English, her voice breaking as she remembered her son.

El Khoury, whose home sits just 300 metres away from the port, was furious that the authorities did nothing to warn people in the area when the fire at the port first broke out, blazing for at least 13 minutes, before igniting the ammonium nitrate. 

“They could have called the firefighters to evacuate the area,” said El Khoury, who herself was badly injured in the explosion. “If they had only sent an SMS or told people to open windows.”  

“The minimum we can say is that they are inhuman,” she said of Lebanon’s ruling elite, pointing out that none of those implicated lost any family members on August 4, and that none of them had homes near the port, even though the area is prime Beirut real estate.

El Khoury now has little faith that the domestic investigation can deliver.  

“We’ve given enough chances to the Lebanese system – it’s obvious that it’s not working. It cannot. There are conflicts of interest. There are big gaps in our justice system … We need an international interference. This is a crime against human rights,” she said.

Majzoub of Human Rights Watch agreed.

“We have no faith that the Lebanese judiciary will credibly, impartially and independently investigate the Beirut blast in a transparent way, and in a way that is quick enough for the families of the victims,” she said.

“We’ve let the Lebanese investigation play out,” Majzoub added. “There doesn’t seem to be a clear path forward.” 

Sanctions and resolutions 

Sarah Copland was giving her two-year-old son Isaac supper in his high-chair when the explosion hit, making him a “sitting target” for a shard of glass that pierced his tiny chest.

She is among the families calling for a Human Rights Council resolution to  establish an international fact-finding mission that could run parallel to the Lebanese investigation.

She would also like to see targeted individual sanctions on those responsible. “A lot of these people thrive on money and power – hitting them where it hurts would be a form of individual accountability.”

But aside from sanctions and resolutions, she wants Isaac, the youngest victim of the explosion, to be remembered as the “extraordinary” child that he was.  Sarah Copland with her 2-year-old son Isaac Oehlers who was killed in the Beirut explosion.  © Sarah Copland

“He was just such a special little boy – he was destined for great things and to think he’s missed out on that just kills me every day.”

Copland, who spoke to FRANCE 24 from her home in Australia, also expressed concern that the international community has been so consumed with Covid-19 they have forgotten about the atrocity in Beirut.

“They blew up a city,” she said with quiet indignation. “They blew up a city. The international community just can’t let that happen and move on like it was nothing.”

Human Rights Watch’s Majzoub sees glimmers of hope for a Human Rights Council resolution, warning however that it will be “an uphill battle” to find a country who will lead on a resolution, rather than just support one. 

“There’s a very strong precedence for this moving ahead. If there is an international investigation, it will be very hard for Lebanon to deny access,” she said. “But fundamentally, the investigation can move ahead without the consent of Lebanon.”

“There already is a lot of evidence out there,” Majzoub continued. “Already people have made statements blaming each other. Everybody wants to make sure they’ve given their side of the story. Imagine what it’s like for a UN Body – everybody suddenly wants to speak.” 

For those who lost their children, siblings, parents and other family members in the explosion that struck the heart of Beirut, there can be no real justice.

“Nothing I think of ever feels like enough,” said Copland softly. But she’d like to see more support for victims in Lebanon and for the country’s “systemic corruption” to be reformed, so that the people of Beirut can be “safe in the knowledge this will never happen again”.

For others, the search for some kind of justice is the one thing that sustains them.

“We have lost our hope and life, we are living just for this case,” said El Khoury. “We will follow it til the last day of our lives.”

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((BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:45 P.M.) – On Friday, the Russian Ministry of Defense announced that its forces and their Turkish counterparts carried out a joint patrol for a record distance in northeastern Syria, as it extended more than 100 km into the Al-Qamishli District of Al-Hasakah #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May.02: The joint convoy covered a distance of more than 100 km in the first operation of its kind by the forces of the two countries in Syria, and included 10 towns that are not under the control of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

Russian and Turkish forces carry out record long patrol in northeast Syria: ‘The commander of the Russian forces convoy, Brigadier General Andrei Titov, said: Today a new joint Russian-Turkish patrol was carried out from the Sharq crossing. The peculiarity of this patrol is the long distance of the route, as it included a large number of towns.” Video footage of alleged Russian strikes on HTS training camp

Titov added, “The patrol took place in an orderly manner, and the combination of troops and military equipment succeeded in carrying out the mission. The local residents in most of the towns welcomed the convoy.”

60 soldiers from the forces of both countries and more than ten of military vehicles participated in the patrol, accompanied by helicopters of the Russian Aerospace Forces.

Turkey has extended its control over an area that extends about 30 kilometers south from the Turkish-Syrian border in northeastern Syria, since the launch of its military operation “Peace Spring” on October 9, 2019, against the Kurdish People’s Protection Units, which Ankara considers a terrorist and an arm of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: May.02: 2021:

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(BEIRUT, Leb.15:30:PM) The commander of the Iranian air defense, Brigadier General Ali Sabahi Fard, said on Saturday, that his forces are monitoring “the enemy’s movements beyond our borders,” adding that at this stage they have reached a level that enables them to monitor and destroy any object at any height.

#AceNewsReport – Apr.04: During the period of the Holy Defense, we were stationed in more than 250 points across the country, and we did not allow any strikes on vital centers such as military bases and airports, and we fully established air security,” he said:

‘We monitor the enemy’s movements beyond our borders’: Iranian air defense commander: ‘Fard touched on the eight-year war with Iraq (1980-1988), saying that the air defense took effective measures during the period of “holy defense” and that no operation was carried out except under the umbrella of air defense, which constitutes a great pride for this force, the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) reported’

Fard stressed that the air defense, especially on the island of Khark, worked in a way that preserved the continuation of this vital artery in the sale and transmission of energy and never allowed the enemy to cut this artery.

He added that the air defense forces forces enjoy modern knowledge and technology, and uses the latest equipment, including advanced systems, and while it guards the country’s skies, it also monitors the enemy’s movements across the borders.

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(Beirut, Lebanon.) LATEST: A largescale MANHUNT is underway as at least 69 – inmates managed to escape from a prison facility. Some of the fugitives have already been captured or surrendered, while five died after crashing a stolen car into a tree according to RT News #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.21: A total of 69 people managed to break open their cells and flee a prison in the city of Baabda, western Lebanon, on Saturday at dawn, according to security forces: The prison break prompted a manhunt, with 15 fugitives being apprehended and two others surrendering to the authorities several hours after the escape:

RT World News https://ift.tt/2IZm7Xq ….A dramatic chase involving the inmates and the police ended in tragedy: A group of fugitives hijacked a Dacia car from its driver in an attempt to lose the cops, but the man behind the wheel lost control of the vehicle and crashed the packed car into a tree. The accident left five people dead and one wounded: More than 40 fugitives currently remain at large, with the authorities asking the public to report any information on them. The circumstances of the prison break are being investigated:

#AceNewsDesk report ……………Published: Nov.21: 2020:

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LIBYA: ‘ Al-Qaeda Battling Islamic State after one of their leaders are Killed ‘

#AceNewsReport – LIBYA:Post Update:June.10: Al-Qaeda-linked militants are battling an Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) affiliate in eastern Libya after one of their leaders was shot dead, AP reported.

Nasr Akr, an Al-Qaeda-inspired militant, was assassinated along with his aide in the eastern town of Darna. The Shura Council of Darna’s jihadists announced his killing on Wednesday, blaming it on Islamic State militants.

The killing sparked heavy fighting, leaving at least nine IS militants dead, according to witnesses. The so-called Islamic State seized control of Darna last year.

The IS group began as an Al-Qaeda affiliate, but later fell out with the jihadist network.

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LEBANON: ‘ HEZBOLLAH WARN SAUDI ARABIA AGAINST EXECUTING SHIA CLERIC ‘

#AceNewsServices – LEBANON (Beirut)- October 18 – The Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah has warned Saudi authorities against the execution of prominent Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr. 

Free Sheikh Nimr Baqir Al-Nimr

Free Sheikh Nimr Baqir Al-Nimr

In a statement released on Thursday, the Lebanese movement described the sentence handed down to the cleric as unjust and politically motivated.

“This unjust sentence is political par excellence, and reflects the repressive policy adopted by Saudi authorities against a wide segment of citizens. They cannot tolerate free expression and the peaceful struggle of this oppressed segment to achieve their legitimate demands,” the statement read.

Hezbollah also called on Saudi officials to drop the case against Nimr and listen to the legitimate demands of the citizens seeking to obtain the minimum of their rights as recognized by divine religions and the international law.

The Lebanese resistance movement further urged international rights groups to press Riyadh not to kill the top Shiite scholar.

Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr.

Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr.

On Wednesday, Nimr was sentenced to death at the Specialized Criminal Court in the Saudi capital Riyadh. In reaction to the sentence, people took to streets in the city of Qatif in Eastern Province to condemn the move.

Amnesty International has called the death sentence “appalling,” saying the verdict should be quashed, Press TV reported.

Meanwhile, a group of protesters have staged a rally in Bahrain to express solidarity with the dissident Shiite Muslim cleric in Saudi Arabia. The protesters denounced the Saudi government for issuing Nimr’s death sentence.

Nimr has been given the death sentence on charges of disturbing the kingdom’s security and making anti-government speeches.

He is the Imam of al-Awamiyya mosque in Qatif and has spent most of his two-year detention in solitary confinement at the al-Ha’ir prison in Riyadh, according to Amnesty International.

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BEIRUT: ‘ Hezbollah Fighters Claim Responsibility for Detonated Bomb Against Israeli Patrol in Golan Heights ‘

#AceNewsServices – BEIRUT – October 07 –  Hezbollah fighters have claimed responsibility for a blast in southern Lebanon that left three Israeli soldiers wounded, the Al-Manar Lebanese TV channel reported Tuesday.

' Flag of Hezbollah Movement '

‘ Flag of Hezbollah Movement ‘

Members of Hezbollah “detonated a bomb against an Israeli manned patrol” in Shebaa Farms, a strip of disputed land located at the intersection of the Lebanese-Syrian border and Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, Al-Manar reported citing a Hezbollah statement.

Earlier on Tuesday, local sources told RIA Novosti that Israel shelled Lebanon’s Kfar Shuba Heights in response to the attack.

On Sunday, Lebanon and Israel forces opened fired at each other’s positions in the same area of the Lebanese-Israeli border, leaving one Lebanese soldier wounded.

Hezbollah is a paramilitary and political organization originating in Lebanon’s Shiite population, fighting for an Islamic state in Lebanon.

It is recognized as a terrorist group by many Western countries, including Israel, the United States and the United Kingdom, but not by Russia.

Hezbollah is one of Israel’s most powerful opponents, but members of the group, which controls most of Lebanon’s southern regions, have been maintaining a ceasefire since the end of the Lebanon War.

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LEBANON: ‘ Families of Lebanese Captive Families Block the Road ‘

#AceNewsServices – LEBANON – Families of the Lebanese soldiers and security officers kidnapped by Takfiri terrorists in Syria have blocked roads in Lebanon, urging the government to do more to release their loved ones.

Relatives of captive Lebanese soldier, Ibrahim Mogheit, cut off the highway in Qalamoun, north Lebanon, on October 6, 2014.

Relatives of captive Lebanese soldier, Ibrahim Mogheit, cut off the highway in Qalamoun, north Lebanon, on October 6, 2014.

On Monday, protesters erected high sand mounds across Dahr al-Baidar highway in the capital, Beirut, blocking all access, including a narrow passageway that had been kept open for ambulances and emergency cases.

Security sources said the road blockage was meant to express the families’ growing frustration with regard to what happened to their loved ones.

In northern Lebanon, relatives of captive soldier, Ibrahim Mogheit, also cut off a highway in Qalamoun region, severing access to the city of Tripoli.

Traffic had to be redirected to a narrow road, causing long trails of stranded cars.

Source:

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` Syrian Rebel Rocket Fire Kills Fifty People Just as Thousands Plan to Return to their Homes '

#AceNewsServices – BEIRUT (Reuters) – Syrian rebel rocket fire on government-controlled areas of Aleppo killed 50 people over the weekend, a monitoring group said on Monday, the eve of an election in which rebels have warned they will step up attacks on state targets.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the death toll from the attacks by the Islamist rebels included nine children.

Another 13 people were killed overnight when President Bashar al-Assad’s forces dropped four barrel bombs – crude explosives which cause widespread damage – from helicopters into rebel-held districts of the city, the UK-based Observatory said.

Fighting in Aleppo, which was Syria’s commercial hub before the three-year conflict erupted, has escalated in recent weeks after Assad’s forces consolidated their control in central Syria and the last rebels retreated from the centre of the city of Homs.

(SOHR) – Thousands of Syrians have returned to war-battered parts of the central city of Homs, many making plans to move back as opposition activists expressed bitterness over the oppositions’ surrender of their strongholds to pro-government forces and vowed they will return.

The homecoming came as rival jihadi factions fought deadly battles to the east in an oil-rich region bordering Iraq, the latest clashes between groups trying to overthrow the central government in Damascus.

Residents from Homs’ smashed ancient quarters scavenged what they could from their homes, mostly clothes, dusty mattresses and some burned gas canisters, carrying them away in plastic bags and trolleys.

“My house was completely destroyed and burnt, but I found some photos,” said Sarmad Mousa, 49, a resident of the old Hamidiyeh district. “They will remain a memory for me of the beautiful days we had here.”

Some accused oppositions of looting and burning their homes.

Smaller crowds made the journey Friday.

Reuters – Syrian Observatory for Human Rights

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` Rebel Forces Prevent Aid Convoy from Preventing from Entering Villages of Nubi and Zahraa in Aleppo ‘

#AceWorldNews – BEIRUT – May 07 – Exhausted and worn out from a year-long siege, hundreds of Syrian rebels on Wednesday left their last remaining bastions in the heart of the central city of Homs under a cease-fire deal with government forces.

The exit of some 1,200 fighters and civilians will mark a de facto end of the rebellion in the battered city, which was one of the first places to rise up against President Bashar Assad’s rule, earning it the nickname of “capital of the revolution.”

Gaining full control of Syria’s third largest city is a major win for Assad on multiple levels. Militarily, it solidifies the government hold on a swath of territory in central Syria, linking the capital Damascus with government strongholds along the coast and giving a staging ground to advance against rebel territory further north.

It cited Al-Jadeed television as saying that an aid convoy was prevented from entering the villages of Nubl and Zahraa in Aleppo. The two Shia villages are besieged by rebel forces, and the deal to evacuate the rebels in Homs was contingent on aid being allowed into the villages.

The convoy had been stopped by an Islamist brigade, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Politically, gains on the ground boost Assad’s hold on power as he seeks to add a further claim of legitimacy in presidential elections set for June 3.

Daily Star – Syrian Observatory of Human Rights – Al-Jadeed TV – AP

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` Preparation for 1200 Armed Opposition Fighters Withdrawal has Started in Ancient Districts of Hom’s ‘

#AceWorldNews – BEIRUT – May 7 – The preparation for 1200 armed opposition fighters withdrawal has started in the ancient districts of Homs. Buses for rebels moved into the historic centre early morning May 7, television channel al- Mayadin reported.

These buses were captured by militants two years ago (itar-tass)

Governor Talal al- Barrazi said that militants who refused to lay down their arms head out for safe corridor at Dar el-Kabir. It is a town 20 kilometers north of Homs, which is controlled by the armed opposition.

The column will be accompanied by staff of the UN mission in Syria and Iranian diplomats played a mediating role.

The wounded will be evacuated by the Syrian Red Crescent.

Under the deal, along with the operation in Homs in northern Syria a humanitarian corridor to besieged city Shiite militants Nobul and Zahra (30 km from Aleppo) will be open.

There also will be an exchange of prisoners between the so-called Islamic Front and the Syrian army.

In the case of a favourable outcome, Homs will be fully come under the control of the government army. The release from rebel groups the third largest city in the country would be an important achievement on the eve of the presidential elections to be held on June 3.

Al-MayadinTV – Reuters – Tass – Syria News

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` Court Set-up to Investigate Assassination of Rafiki Hariri Summons Al-Akhbar Editor over Obstruction of Justice ‘

#AceNewsServices – BEIRUT – April 24 – An international court set up to investigate the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minsiter Rafik Hariri has summoned Al-Akhbar’s editor-in-chief and a journalist for Al-Jadeed Television over two counts of Obstruction of Justice, the body announced Thursday.

The Hague-based Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) said there are “sufficient grounds to proceed against” Ibrahim al-Amin of Al-Akhbar and Al-Jadeed’s Karma al-Khayat “for the publication of names asserted to be those of alleged confidential witnesses in the Tribunal’s proceedings,” a statement said.

The charges against Amin relate to the decision of Al-Akhbar in January 2013 to publish the names of 32 witnesses belonging to the STL’s prosecution.

The summon against Khayat, Deputy Head of News and Political Programs, involves material broadcast on Al-Jadeed in August 2012.

“There is prima facie evidence that the publication of information relating to the identity of alleged confidential witnesses entailed knowing and wilful interference with the administration of justice” in breach of court rules, the statement, authored by contempt judge David Baragwanath, said.

The summons were issues on January 31, but only publicized Thursday.

The court set May 13, 2014 as the date for Amin and Khayat to appear before it, either in person of via video link.

(Al-Akhbar)

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` Trial of `Muammar Gaddafi's ' Son's and Three Dozen Officials will Open on Monday over War Crimes '

#AceWorldNews – TRIPOLI – LIBYA – April 13 – (ALJ) – The trial for which Libyans have waited three years opens in Tripoli on Monday, when two of Muammar Gaddafi’s sons and three dozen former officials go to court over a litany of alleged war crimes committed during the 2011 uprising that toppled the former Libyan president.

Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, his younger brother, Saadi, and former intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senussi are among key figures of the former regime facing charges ranging from murder to plundering state coffers. Also among the 38 defendants are former Prime Ministers al-Baghdadi al-Mahmudi and Bouzid Dorda.

For prosecutors, it is a chance to finally call to account key members of the Gaddafi regime for alleged crimes committed during the uprising and the decades of dictatorship that preceded it.

Security is expected to be tight at Tripoli’s Hadba prison, which has been turned into a fortress protected by barbed wire, armoured cars and machine-gun nests.

Prosecutors say more than 200 witnesses have been interviewed and more than 40,000 pages of evidence assembled, along with video and audio evidence that allegedly shows the defendants giving instructions to security units to open fire on protesters.

(Beirut) – Libya has failed to grant basic due process rights to Saif al-Islam Gaddafi and other detained former officials of the Gaddafi government.

On January 23, 2014, Human Rights Watch interviewed Gaddafi in an office at a base in the town of Zintan. The base is under the control of a guard force that is detaining Gaddafi at an undisclosed location, and says it operates under Defence Ministry authority.
Human Rights Watch also visited the former military intelligence chief Abdullah Sanussi and former Prime Ministers al-Baghdadi al-Mahmoudi and Abuzaid Dorda, in Al-Hadba Corrections Facility in Tripoli on January 23.

Libyan Judicial Police are, at least formally, in charge of administering the prison. The General Prosecutor authorized the visits, the Libyan Government facilitated the visit at Al-Hadba, and the Zintan Local Council facilitated the visit to Gaddafi. http://www.hrw.org/news/2014/02/13/libya-gaddafi-son-ex-officials-held-without-due-process

HRW – ALJ – Libyan News

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` Poisoned Gas was Used an Attack in ` Central Province of Hama ' Injuring Scores of People '

#AceWorldNews – BEIRUT April 12 – (AP) – Syrian government media and rebel forces said Saturday that poison gas had been used in a central village, injuring scores of people, while blaming each other for the attack.

The main Western-backed opposition group, the Syrian National Coalition, said the poison gas attack Friday hurt dozens of people in the village of Kfar Zeita in the central province of Hama.

Syrian government has blamed the rebel forces of using poisonous gas in an attack on the village of Kfar Zeita in the central province of Hama on Friday.

RT – State-run Syrian television blamed members of the Al-Qaeda linked Nusra Front for using chlorine gas, killing two people and injuring more than 100.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that dozens were injured, while people suffered from suffocation and breathing problems as heavy smoke rose in the area after the attack.

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` Refugees now Fleeing `War-Torn Syria ‘ into the Neighbouring City of `Lebanon ‘ have Surpassed 1 Million Today ‘

#AceWorldNews – BEIRUT- Lebanon – April 3 (UNHCR) – Report – The number of refugees fleeing from Syria into neighbouring Lebanon passed the 1 million mark today, a bleak milestone exacerbated by rapidly depleting resources and a host community stretched to breaking point.

Just over three years after Syria’s conflict began, Lebanon has become the country with the highest per capita concentration of refugees worldwide, struggling to keep pace with a crisis that shows no signs of slowing.

Refugees from Syria now equal almost a quarter of the resident population.

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` Sheikh Omar Bakri Fustoq was on the ` Run ‘ after his ` House ‘ in Tripoli is Raided by Lebanese Security ‘

#AceWorldNews – BEIRUT – April 01 – Outspoken Sheikh Omar Bakri Fustoq was on the run Tuesday, Lebanese security sources said, after his house was raided as part of the security plan for the northern city of Tripoli (DailyStar)

The Lebanese army and security forces have deployed heavily around the city, and conducted a series of raids in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Fustoq is among around 200 individuals wanted by the authorities in Tripoli, a list issued by the military prosecutor, for their alleged role in the ongoing clashes in the city, as well as car bombs and the targeting of civilians and army members (DS)

Security forces have detained 21 suspects thus far.

Fustoq is thought to be close to Al-Qaeda, and recently called for the group’s black flag to be flown over Baabda presidential palace.

Born in Syria, Fustoq lived in Britain for many years, where he helped found the Hizb ut-Tahrir party.

Upon arriving to Lebanon in 2005 he was informed by the British government that he could not return.

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` Parliament Approve `Draft Law ‘ Aimed at ` Protecting Women ‘ from ` Domestic Violence ‘ Activists Disapprove Text ‘

#AceWorldNews – BEIRUT- April 01 – Parliament approved Tuesday a draft law aimed at protecting women from domestic violence, but the move is unlikely to please activists who disapprove of several amendments made to the text (DailyStar)

Dozens of protesters from the rights organization KAFA rallied under the banner “Vote for us so we vote for you” in the Gibran Khalil Gibran Garden near Parliament to call for the adoption of the law in its original form.

The draft law to protect women from domestic violence was first submitted to the Parliament in 2010, and a parliamentary subcommittee began studying it in May 2011 and finalized its amendments in August 2012.

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` Syrian Forces have Regained Control over Highlands on the Border of Turkey’

#AceWorldNews – BEIRUT – March 27 – The Syrian forces have regained control over highlands on the border with Turkey.

Air forces and artillery delivered strikes to the rebels’ positions on the outskirts of Kasab, north of Latakia, the al-Watan daily reported on Thursday.Al-Watan daily reported that militants’ bases are located in highland areas around Kasab and Salma, to the east of Latakia.

Army units, supported by national defence forces, managed to hold their positions near the villages of Qastal Maaf and Nabaain, which have been attacked by militants.

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Activists have said Islamists have Blown up the Revered ` Shiite Shrine ‘ in Eastern Syria ‘

#AceWorldNews – BEIRUT – March 26 – Activists said the Islamist fighter of Al-Qaeda splinter group blew up a major Shiite shrine in the city of Raqqa eastern Syria on Wednesday – Reuters.

The mosque was Ammar Ibn Yasser Al-Qami Uys and at one time a popular destination for Pilgrim’s from Iran , Lebanon and Iraq, before that it was controlled by opponents fighting to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad.

The attacks have raised fears of those groups in neighbouring Turkey will be the next target.

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`Militants of Syrian Armed Opposition have Attacked with ` Mortars Border ‘ areas in Eastern Lebanon ‘

AceWorldNews – BEIRUT – Militants of Syrian armed opposition have attacked with mortars the border areas in eastern Lebanon on Monday.

Lebanon-based TV channel Al Mayadeen reported that four rocket projectiles launched from the Syrian territory fell in Shiite settlements of Nabi Osman and al-Labweh.

There were no reports about victims or the extent of destruction.

Sunday night, two people were killed and 6 were wounded as a result of a terrorist attack in Nabi Osman. Al- Manar Television channel reported that a suicide bomber set off a car bomb. Ahrar al-Sunnah militant group claimed responsibility for the attack.

Nabi Osman and al-Labweh are situated in a mostly Shiite region in Beqaa valley.

Local experts link the terrorist act with developments in Yabroud, where the Syrian army eliminated units of armed opposition on past weekend.

The militants stepped back to the area of Lebanese border town of Ersal, where their rear bases are located.

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