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RAMALLAH, West Bank - Palestinians staged an angry protest here Sunday against the United States' veto Friday of a U.N. Security Council resolution condemning Israel's settlement policy, with participants denouncing President Obama and predicting that the move would harm Washington's standing across the roiling Middle East.
The gathering, attended by about 300 supporters of the ruling Fatah party of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Palestinian Authority employees, reflected broader public disappointment here with the veto, the first cast by the Obama administration.
In several interviews around Ramallah, the Palestinian seat of government, people said that the American move confirmed their view that Washington was not a fair mediator in the conflict with Israel. They accused the Obama administration of a double standard: supporting democracy in other Arab countries while backing Israeli settlement and occupation in the Palestinian areas.
"Our message to America, which says it supports freedom in the Arab world is: Where are the freedoms of the Palestinian people?," Raed Radwan, the local Fatah leader, told the crowd gathered in Manara Square. "Washington, where is the democracy you are talking about?"
Protestors chanted: "Listen Obama, listen, we're a people that won't kneel down! Obama out! Settlers out! Occupation out!"
Muhammad Khalil, another speaker, accused the U.S. of "raising its hand in a veto against the right of our people to an independent Palestinian state." He vowed that there would be "no negotiations in the shadow of the criminal bias" in favor of Israel.
Palestinians are planning a "day of rage" on Friday in response to the US wielding its veto against a UN security council resolution condemning Israeli settlements.
The US decision to use its veto has sparked a furious reaction in the West Bank and Gaza.
Anti-US rallies took place in the West Bank towns of Bethlehem, Tulkarem and Jenin this weekend after the 14-1 vote on the resolution, in which the US stood alone against the rest of the security council, including Britain, Germany and France. It voted in contradiction of its own policy.
Thousands of anti-government protesters return to Libya streets (Reuters)
Report: Gadhafi touring Libya capital to rally loyalists against anti-gov't protests (AP)
Libya postpones planned Arab League summit in wake of persisting turmoil (Reuters)
Libyan opposition: Government arming African migrants to shoot at protesters (DPA)
East Libya city of al Bayda 'in the hands of people,' say exile groups (Reuters)
Turkey jails dissident journalists over links to alleged coup plot (AP)
Clashes erupt at 2000-person protest march in Jordan (AP)
30 wounded, 50 arrested in Kuwait protests on Friday, say security sources (Reuters)
Pirates seize four American sailors off Oman (Reuters)
Oman protesters call for political reform, pay rise (Reuters)
Anti-government protests hit Djibouti (Reuters)
Lebanon army court sentences man accused of spying for Israel to death (AP)
Tehran could activate Hizbullah fighters to attack Israel in an effort to stave off domestic pressure within Iran, according to assessments in the Israeli army's Northern Command.
"The concern within the army is that if the regime in Tehran feels under pressure due to anti-government demonstrations, it will try to initiate an attack on an Israeli target – either overseas or near the border – to divert attention from its own troubles," said The Jerusalem Post newspaper on Monday.
The Israeli daily said that Hizbullah operatives were assisting Iranian security forces in suppressing anti-regime protests.
Iranian opposition groups claimed that as many as 1,500 Hizbullah operatives are taking part in the clashes, said Israel's Ynet news site.
However, according to An Nahar newspaper, foreign decision-makers have warned a Miqati envoy that a Hizbullah-led government would have "dangerous repercussions on the future of the country."
The Israeli navy is to present a plan for the defense of offshore gas fields that hold the prospect of greatly reducing the Jewish state's energy dependency, the mass-selling Yediot Aharonot newspaper reported Sunday.
Israel says the gas fields all lie in its waters, but Lebanon which remains technically at a state of war with the Jewish state, says one of them lies partly on its side of their un-demarcated maritime border.
The Tamar field, which Lebanon contests, holds reserves of natural gas estimated at 8.4 trillion cubic feet (238 billion cubic meters), while the Leviathan field is thought to hold twice that, around 16 trillion cubic feet (450 billion cubic meters).
Hizbullah is greatly concerned about the prospect of public indictments in ex-Premier Rafik Hariri's assassination case, in large part because some of the group's senior members have already been named in the media as potential suspects, said the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.
The Hizbullah members include Qassem Suleiman, Hajj Salim, Abdul Majid Ghamloush, brothers Hussein and Mouin Khreis, and, most significantly, Mustafa Badreddine, the institute said in a report written by Matthew Levitt.
Badreddine is the brother-in-law of Imad Mughniyeh -- the assassinated chief of Hizbullah's external operations.
4:58pm Russian Ambassador to Lebanon Alexander Zasypkin after meeting with MP Bahia Hariri: STL is an instrument of international legitimacy. Russia supports it and wants it to continue its functioning.
5:20pm UNIFIL Director of Political and Civil Affairs Milos Strugar to Central News Agency: Demarcating the maritime border requires the approval of the concerned sides and a request from the specialized circles at the U.N.
6:24pm Hizbullah in a statement: Any principled person in this world cannot and should not remain silent about the daily massacres committed by the Gadhafi regime. Oppression and terrorization cannot protect a regime built on corruption, arrogance and crime.
8:01pm LBC: Nothing gives the impression that the new cabinet will see light soon.
The Saudis tend to see any threat to the established order in the region as a gain for their nemesis Iran, and its allies Syria and Hizbullah, said the newspaper.
Riyadh has grown increasingly worried that the Obama administration is drifting away from this perspective and supporting movements for change whose outcome cannot be guaranteed, it said.
Saudi authorities detain founders of new party demanding political reform (AP)
Clinton says Afghan's Taliban faces choice on al Qaida ties (Reuters)
Security forces abandon government buildings to protesters, looters in Yemen city (AP)
Grenade thrown at Yemen protesters, 8 wounded (Reuters)
One person killed by hand grenade thrown at anti-government protesters in Yemen (Reuters)
Egypt military says will not allow strikes to go on (Reuters)
Bahrain State TV: Bahrain crown prince calls for dialogue (Reuters)
Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood: Peace treaty with Israel is up to the Egyptian people (Reuters)
Egyptian armed forces create Facebook page to reach out to youth (DPA)
Millions celebrating Egyptian revolution in Tahrir Square area (Reuters)
Mashaima is the leader of the opposition Haq movement, or the Movement of Liberties and Democracy.
Protestors chant anti-gov't slogans during funerals for victims of Bahrain rallies (AP)
Handful of Bahrain protesters return to protest site Pearl Square after army pullout (Reuters)
Bahrain police use teargas to repel protesters returning to protest at Pearl Square (Reuters)
WikiLeaks: Bahrain opposition received training from Hezbollah (Telegraph)
Main Shi'ite bloc rejects Bahrain King's dialogue offer, opposition reports (Reuters)
Obama calls on Bahrain to exercise restraint after earlier calls were ignored (Reuters)
British Foreign Secretary 'alarmed' by reports of Bahrain soldiers firing on protesters (Reuters)
Report: German president to cancel Bahrain trip in protest of crackdown on demonstrators (AP)
Some 15,000 protesters gather in Bahrain for funerals of three people killed in clashes (DPA)
Lebanon UN rep.: Since Israel's settlement freeze expired building has doubled (Haaretz)
Lebanon UN rep.: Quartet roadmap says all settlement activity must be frozen (Haaretz)
UN Security Council fails to adopt resolution condemning settlement after U.S. veto (Haaretz)
U.S.: We don't want UN veto to be misunderstood as support for settlement construction (AP)
British Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant condemns Israeli settlements in the West Bank (Reuters)
Aid to President Abbas: U.S. veto encourages Israel to escape obligations of peace process (Reuters)
Charges against FM to include fraud, breach of trust, money laundering, obstruction of justice but not bribery, 'Globes' report says.
Israel Supreme Court rules Hebron Jews can't reclaim lands lost after 1948 (Haaretz)
Royal sources say Tunisia's ex-president Ben Ali in hospital (DPA)
Pro-Ahmadinejad supporters call for the execution of opposition leaders in Tehran rally (AP)
Anti-government clashes in Jordan injure eight people (AP)
eneflavia RT @LibyanThinker: BREAKING NEWS! frm my Uncle: Megaphones in #Fashloom: "Get inside and close your windows and lights or else you will be shot." #Libya
Saudi Shi'ites hold small eastern province protest (Reuters)
Adm. Mike Mullen arrives in Gulf region to underscore U.S. strategic ties with allies (Reuters)
Cairo court okays establishment of political party trying to get licence for 15 years (Reuters)
Egypt to lift emergency laws within six months (Reuters)
Report: Egypt to stage limited cabinet reshuffle (Reuters)
Egypt banks re-open after three-day close caused by worker strikes and protests (Reuters)
Egyptians gather in Alexandria to support Libya anti-government protesters (Reuters)
Egypt releases 108 political prisoners following prime minister's pledge (Reuters)
Egypt appoints first opposition member to government post (Reuters)
Report: Egyptian cabinet reshuffle includes several opponents of Mubarak (Reuters)
Egypt PM: Streets to be named after 'martyrs' who died in protests (Reuters)
Senior U.S. official William Burns arrives in Egypt for talks with interim government (Reuters)
British PM visits Egypt, refuses to meet with Muslim Brotherhood (Reuters)
In Cairo, U.S. envoy calls for lifting emergency law (Reuters)
U.S. restricts staff movement in Palestinian areas, day after veto of UN draft on settlements (AP)
Abbas: No cut ties with U.S. over veto of UN settlement resolution (DPA)
Peres calls Abbas to discuss stagnation in peace process (Haaretz)
Americans for Peace Now express disappointment for U.S. veto of settlement resolution (Haaretz)
PA expected to call urgent UN session over settlement resolution veto (Haaretz)
Clinton calls Israeli settlements 'illegitimate' shortly before U.S. veto at UN (Ch. 10)
Deputy Foreign Minister calls UN a 'rubber stamp' for Arab countries (Ch. 2)
Palestinians plan demonstrations in West Bank on Friday to express anger at U.S. veto (AP)
Palestinian PM offers to form unity government with rival Hamas militant group (AP)
Hamas orders male hairstylists out of lady salons in Gaza (AP)
Saudis slam U.S. veto over UN condemnation of settlements (Reuters)
UN nuclear body may highlight Iran military concerns (Reuters)
Iran releases two Germans convicted of spying (Reuters)
Former U.S. officials urge Obama gov't to take Iran dissident group off terror list (AP)
Netanyahu: Israel takes grave view of Iran naval ships (Reuters)
Netanyahu: Iran warships in Suez is attempt to broaden regional influence (Reuters)
Ahmadinejad presents Iran budget bill in bid to reduce social inequality (Reuters)
Daughter of former Iran President Rafsanjani arrested for attending opposition protests (Reuters)
Egypt Suez Canal officials: Passage of Iranian warships through canal delayed by 48 hours (Reuters)
Israel monitoring Suez-bound Iran ships, but sees no real threat (Haaretz)
Israel and Chile cooperated to spy on Iran, WikiLeaks reveals (Haaretz)
Lebanese security official blames delay of Iranian warships' arrival on stormy weather (DPA)
Al Arabiya reports Hezbollah helping Iran authorities suppress protests (Israel Radio)
Bahrain crown prince calls for national mourning amid country's unrest (Reuters)
WikiLeaks: Bahrain FM planned to meet Israeli officials in support of peace process (Haaretz)
White House keeps up pressure on Bahrain, supports 'restraint' by the monarchy (DPA)
Bahrain opposition leaders discuss strategy for possible talks with country's rulers (AP)
Group of Bahraini protesters delivers manifesto demanding ouster of entire ruling monarchy (AP)
Britain condemns 'horrifying' violence in Libya (Reuters)
Report: Libya protesters return for sixth day of demonstrations (AP)
U.K. Foreign Secretary urges global leaders to condemn Libya crackdown on protesters (Reuters)
Opposition criticizes Italy PM for failing to condemn violence in Libya (Reuters)
Libya threatens to halt EU migration cooperation over support of pro-democracy protests (Reuters)
UK Foreign Secretary urges Libya to begin dialogue with protesters and implement reforms (Reuters)
Witnesses: Libya army says Benghazi 'liberated' from pro-Gadhafi forces (Reuters)
Libya delegate quits Arab League to protest 'oppression' against protesters (Reuters)
Clashes erupt in Tripoli between protesters and pro-Gadhafi forces (Reuters)
Lebanon accuses Libya of jamming its TV stations (AP)
EU ministers call for end to Libya bloodshed (AP)
U.S. concerned by reports of violence against protesters in Libya (DPA)
Son of Libyan leader promises reform after violence (Reuters)
Report: Libya ambassador to India resigns in response to gov't's crackdown on protesters (Reuters)
Hundreds of Libyans attack S. Korean run Tripoli construction site injuring 4 foreigners (Reuters)
Report: Central government building in Libyan capital is on fire (Reuters)
Ex-Libyan official speaks out against leadership (Reuters)
Human Rights Watch reports 332 dead in Libya since start of protests (Haaretz)
Oil company BP prepares to evacuate staff from Libya (AP)
Arab League demands end to Libya violence (Reuters)
Turkish businesses looted in Libya, Turks evacuated (Reuters)
Anti-government protests break out in Libyan town of Ras Lanuf, site of oil refinery (Reuters)
Libya justice minister resigns to protest 'excessive force' against demonstrators (Reuters)
AJC calls to suspend Libya from UN Human Rights Council (Haaretz)
Senior Venezuela source denies Gadhafi coming to country (Reuters)
Two Libyan fighter jets land unexpectedly in Malta (Reuters)
Libya's UN mission cuts ties with Gadhafi, warns against genocide (AP)
Gadhafi's son denies government forces bombed Tripoli protesters (Reuters)
Clinton condemns violence in Libya, demands protester rights be respected (Reuters)
Austrian plane with EU citizens stuck in Libya, airspace 'blocked' (DPA)
Peres: There will be a Libya without Gadhafi (DPA)
Hundreds of Libyan guards reportedly pull back from Egypt border (Reuters)
Berlusconi condemns 'unacceptable' violence in Libya (Reuters)
Libyan leader says he has not left the country, signaling that he will attempt to remain in power despite country-wide calls for his ouster.
It was unclear whether forces replacing border guards were members of opposition, or loyal to Gadhafi.
At least nine towns in the east were reportedly under the control of protesters loyal to tribal groups; witnesses: Air force bombing protesters in Tripoli; death toll from violent clashes said to have reached more than 600; witnesses:
Feb. 21 (Bloomberg) -- Muammar Qaddafi's son called on protesters in Libya to engage in dialogue or face a civil war that risks the country's oil wealth, as a widening revolt posed the most serious challenge to his father's 41 years of rule.
"Instead of weeping over 84 dead people, we will weep over hundreds of thousands of dead," Saif al-Islam Qaddafi said on state television. "Rivers of blood will flow."
9:46pm: Confirmed - Ali al-Essawi, ambassador to India, has resigned. He has accused the government of deploying foreign mercenaries against Libyan citizens
Iraqis protest for political reform in Kurdish region, capital (Reuters)
Report: U.S. entering direct talks with Taliban in Afghanistan (Reuters)
NATO forces in Afghanistan kill 51 civilians, 13 Taliban militants in past 3 days (DPA)
Shots fired at Yemen protesters as demonstrators gather for ninth day of protests (Reuters)
Report: Yemen separatist leader arrested in Aden hospital by 'military group' (Reuters)
Yemeni teenager killed and 4 wounded in clash with soldiers (Reuters)
Yemen president rejects demand to step down, renews calls for talks with protesters (AP)
2,000 Morocco protesters urge curbing of King's powers and government corruption (Reuters)
Hundreds take part in Morocco 'Day of Pride' demanding political reforms (DPA)
Five dead in Morocco unrest after protests calling for reforms (Reuters)
Moroccan king holds firm after call to cede power (Reuters)
Jordan: U.S. veto will increase Israel's obstinacy on settlements (DPA)
Tunisia police arrest 40 Italy bound youths in attempt to curb recent migration wave (Reuters)
Tunis demands extradition of former president Ben Ali (DPA)
Kuwait parliament speaker urges desert nomads to end protests demanding citizenship (AP)
Suspected U.S. missile strike kill 4 in Pakistan (AP)
Likud MKs growing increasingly opposed to inquiry into leftist NGOs (Haaretz)
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe marked his 87th birthday Monday amid lingering reports of increasing health problems and mounting calls for him to resign.
Several Libyan cities, including Benghazi, have fallen to demonstrators opposing Libyan leader Moammar Qaddafi's rule after army units defected, the International Federation for Human Rights said Monday.
Al-Jazeera: Libyan authorities cut off all communications in country
Libyan security forces have launched an operation against "dens of terrorists" in a sweep that has killed a number of people, state television reported on Monday.
Italy on Monday put all military air bases on maximum alert after two Libyan fighter jets apparently fleeing unrest in the North African state landed in nearby Malta, ANSA news agency reported.
The report, citing official sources, also said that "a significant number" of Italian navy and air force helicopters had been ordered to move to southern Italy. The report did not give further details on the deployment.
The sources said: "The alert level has been raised to its maximum.
Residents of Tripoli told AFP by telephone on Monday there had been "a massacre" in the Tajura and Fashlum districts of the Libyan capital, with indiscriminate shooting and women among the dead.
"What happened today in Tajura was a massacre," one resident of the district said. "Armed men were firing indiscriminately. There are even women among the dead," adding that mosque loudspeakers were putting out appeals for help.
International Arrest Warrants are said to being prepared for Ghadaffi and his sons by International Criminal Court.
URGENT | #Libya | R.N.N: Planes bombing the houses of the Libyan officers who refused to obey orders.
bencnn: What I haven't seen are signs yet of widespread looting. Even properties known to belong to Qaddafi family seem to have been spared. #Libya
#libya unconfirmed stories of Govt goons raiding blood banks - locals desperate for more for transfusions, thousands wounded...#redcrescent
NOW in #Tripoli #libya some cellphone are working fine. Also the internet is working through Proxy!
Some of the #US Defense companies trading with #Gaddafi & #Libya incl. Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems & Raytheon International Inc.
Man on CNN says some of the mercenaries are from Zimbabwe
bencnn: Leader of anti-Qaddafi movement told me Libyan army in the east has sided with revolt, in consultations with anti-Qaddafi forces. #Libya
In response to growing calls from Turkish society on Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to return the Al-Gaddafi International Prize for Human Rights he received last year, the Prime Ministry said yesterday that “returning the award is out of the question.”
Al Jazeera: #Gaddafi has no plans of stopping his massacre of unarmed #Libyans as a new plane of mercenaries has landed in #Tripoli.
Egypt's military have promised to protect the ousted President, Hosni Mubarak, from prosecution and to allow him to live freely in retirement in his Sharm-el-Sheikh holiday home, sources have told The Daily Telegraph.
The Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has not requested that the assets of ousted president Hosni Mubarak nor any of his family members be frozen in European Union (EU) states, an EU source revealed.
indi_gp RT @ShababLibya: oh lovely news from @AJArabic the libyan army officers issue a statement calling upon entire army to join the people #Libya #Feb17 30 seconds ago · reply
Walid RT @iyad_elbaghdadi: Unconfirmed reports that Tunisia opened its borders & offering protection for refugees fleeing #Libya. #Feb17 22 seconds ago · reply
ariyassomad #Libya Many women are raped,but most of them are fighting for thier better life in there. the public can defeat them I hope. 29 seconds ago · reply
Confirming info from the early weeks after the stolen election, he says :
- the Supreme Leader & his entourage were ready to leave Iran for Syria.
- In a breach of the Iranian constitution : Foreign fighters were brought in.
- There were rapes in Iranian jails.
He says there's no other way than to fight this out. They have nothing to lose & will do whatever is necessary to prolong their reign.