American Puppet Arab League Backs No-fly Zone Over Libya
13 March 2011
By Al-Ikhwah Al-Mujahidun
The American puppet Arab League (AL) has called on the
United Nations Security Council to impose a no-fly
zone on Libya as forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi carry
out airstrikes on more cities in the east. A special
meeting of the AL in Cairo called on the UN Security
Council to impose a no-fly zone on Libya, Egyptian
state television reported on Saturday. The
organization says the move is aimed at protecting the
people of Libya from airstrikes carried out by forces
loyal to Colonel Gaddafi.
This comes one day after NATO ministers called for the
Arab League approval for military action against the
Gaddafi regime. However, AL Chief Amr Moussa
emphasized at a news conference that the organization
was against military intervention in Libya. Meanwhile,
Oman's Foreign Minister Youssef bin Alawi bin Abdullah
says Arab inaction on the Libyan crisis could lead to
'unwanted foreign intervention.'
The league agreed to make contact with the Libyan
National Council in Benghazi which had earlier
requested the organization support a no-fly zone and
recognize the council as the "voice of the Libyan
people." The revolutionary council, headed by Libya's
former justice minister Mustafa Abdel Jalil, plans to
lead the country to elections. Jalil was among the
first high-profile Libyan figures to join protesters
following the Gaddafi regime's brutal crackdown on the
This comes as forces loyal to the Libyan dictator
continue a large-scale military offensive against
revolutionary fighters in the country's east. Latest
reports from Libya indicate thousands may have been
killed or injured as the government crackdown
escalates. Thousands are thought to have been killed
in Libya's weeks-long violent crackdown on
anti-Gaddafi protesters. Colonel Gaddafi came to power
42 years ago in a military coup.
witnesses more protests
Police deployed in Saudi capital
in anticipation of protests, as demonstrations are
seen across many Middle East states.
Security services are on high alert across several
countries in the Arab world as authorities seek to
contain anti-government protests planned for the day.
Police have flooded the streets of Riyadh, the Saudi
capital, looking to deter fresh demonstrations. A
Facebook page calling for a 'Day of Rage' on Friday
has attracted more than 30,000 supporters in the
Protests are strictly forbidden in Saudi Arabia, and
scores of uniformed police patrolled the main squares
in Riyadh, with helicopters buzzing overhead,
significantly raising the security presence there.
Two activists said more than 200 protesters had
rallied in the city of Hofuf, which is close to the
eastern Ghawar oil field and major refinery
The city has seen scattered protests in the last two
weeks by minority Shias, who complain of
discrimination in the face of the country's dominant
Saudi Arabia is the world's top oil exporter, a major
US ally which has guaranteed Western energy supplies
for decades, and the calls for protests have put
markets on edge.
"The fact the Saudi regime is making a big deal of
this suggests that it may be a big deal ... If the
first kind of explicitly pro-democracy protests happen
[on Friday] that sets a precedent and we'll probably
see more pro-democracy protests," said Shadi Hamid, an
analyst with the Brookings Centre in Doha.
"Even if it's 200 or 300 that is still, by Saudi
standards, a big deal and something to worry about."
At least three people were injured on Thursday after
police fired in the air to disperse several hundred
protesters in the eastern oil-rich city of Qatif.
"As the procession in the heart of the city was about
to finish, soldiers started shooting at the
protesters, and three of them were wounded," said a
witness, requesting anonymity.
A spokesman for the country's
interior ministry spokesman said police had fired live
rounds in the air after shots were fired from among
In Kuwait, elite anti-riot police used tear gas to
disperse hundreds of stateless Arab protesters who
demanding citizenship and other rights.
About 500 demonstrators took to the streets in Jahra,
west of Kuwait City, the capital, following Friday
prayers, despite a stern warning against protests from
the new interior minister.
"Stateless since 50 years, we demand citizenship,"
read a huge banner in English as protesters chanted
"we will not leave without a solution".
There were other protests in Sulaibiya, southwest of
Kuwait City, and in the oil-rich city of Al-Ahmadi,
south of the capital.
Stateless Arabs, known locally as bidoons and
estimated at more than 100,000, protested last month
for three consecutive days until officials gave them
assurances that their grievances would be addressed.
But parliament on Tuesday refused to debate a draft
bill that would give them civil rights.
Thousands of opposition activists are marching towards
Bahrain's royal court, amid fears the protest will
spark fighting on the Gulf island where the majority
of people are Shia Muslim but the ruling family is
Carrying Bahraini flags and flowers, the mainly Shia
protesters began walking from the Aly area to Riffa, a
district of Manama, the capital, where Sunnis and
members of the royal family live.
Near a clocktower in Riffa, about 1,000 residents
armed with clubs gathered to block the protesters'
"The royal family has lots of palaces and houses here.
We're peaceful. We want to go to their house and ask
for our rights," said Ahmed Jaafar, as he set off from
Aly. "Power should not be with one family, it should
be with the people."
Bahrain, home to the US Navy's Fifth Fleet, has been
gripped by the worst unrest since the 1990s when
protesters took to the streets last month, inspired by
uprisings that unseated entrenched autocratic rulers
in Egypt and Tunisia.
Seven people have been killed in clashes with security
forces and thousands of the February 14 youth movement
still occupy Pearl roundabout, a busy intersection in
Tens of thousands of protesters marched in Yemen on
Friday, drawing record crowds in Sanaa, the capital,
to show Ali Abdullah Saleh, the president, his reform
offers would not soften their demand for his immediate
Protests turned violent in the southern port city of
Aden, where two people were wounded by gunfire and
three overcome by tear gas as police tried to disperse
thousands of marchers.
Unidentified armed men killed four soldiers on patrol
east of Mukalla city in Hadhramaut province, in
Security source accused al-Qaeda operatives of being
behind the attack.
A wave of unrest has weakened Saleh's 32-year grip on
his impoverished nation.
Yemenis flooded streets and alleys around Sanaa
University in the biggest protest to hit the capital
since demonstrations began in January.
About 30 people have been killed since then.
Tens of thousands of Saleh loyalists also crammed
Sanaa's Tahrir Square, carrying pictures of the
In Iraq, hundreds of protesters are demanding jobs and
better basic services, in the latest challenge to the
About 500 protesters turned up in Baghdad's Tahrir
Square on Friday, with a similar amount in the city of
Fallujah west of the capital.
Deomonstrations were also reported in several other
cities, including Sulaymaniyah in the north and Basra
in the south.
Iraq's government has been shaken by a string of
rallies across the country since the beginning of