Posts Tagged ‘ceasefire’

By Tarek Amara

April 4, 2011
SFAX, Tunisia (Reuters) – Gaddafi forces using tanks and snipers are carrying out a “massacre” in Misrata with corpses on the streets and hospitals full of the wounded, evacuees said, with one describing the besieged city as “hell.”

Misrata, Libya’s third city, rose up with other towns against Muammar Gaddafi’s rule in mid-February, and it is now under attack by government troops after a violent crackdown put an end to most protests elsewhere in the west of the country.

“You have to visit Misrata to see the massacre by Gaddafi,” said Omar Boubaker, a 40-year-old engineer with a bullet wound to the leg, brought to the Tunisian port of Sfax by a French aid group. “Corpses are in the street. Hospitals are overflowing.” (more…)

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April 1, 2011
The US-led military alliance admits that its forces have killed dozens of civilians and wounded several others in the ongoing aerial attacks on key Libyan cities.

NATO said it will investigate reports that up to 40 civilians were killed in a Western bombing strike near the capital, Tripoli, a Press TV correspondent reported.

“I am aware of this news report and this is initial reporting. But NATO took over command of Operation Unified Protector at 06.00 this morning, we’re investigating and we will report the details once the investigation is complete,” Charles Bouchard, Commander of NATO operations in Libya said. (more…)

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AMRAN, 21 July 2010 (IRIN)

Clashes between Houthi-led Shia rebels and pro-government tribesmen in northern Yemen since late evening on 18 July have left 35 people dead and at least 30 injured, straining a fragile February ceasefire, an Amran local council member, told IRIN. (more…)

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MANILA, 21 May 2010 (IRIN) – Muslim separatists blamed for years of conflict and displacement on the southern island of Mindanao have agreed to help the government rid the area of unexploded ordnance and landmines. (more…)

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MANILA, July 25 (Reuters) – The Philippines’ largest Muslim rebel group ordered its armed units to halt attacks on military targets on Saturday, a top guerrilla leader said, paving the way for the revival of peace talks stalled since August 2008.

“Effective today, we are suspending our military actions in all areas where our armed units are operating,” Mohaqher Iqbal, head of the rebels’ peace panel, told Reuters by telephone from a guerrilla base on the southern island of Mindanao.

On Thursday, the government ordered a unilateral truce in the south of the mainly Roman Catholic country to convince the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) to return to negotiations to end 40 years of conflict that has killed 120,000 people. (more…)

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MANILA, 24 July 2009 (IRIN) – In a bid to improve conditions for peace talks and the resettlement of hundreds of thousands of internally displaced people (IDPs) in Mindanao, the Philippines government announced a unilateral ceasefire effective at midnight on 23 July.

The island has witnessed an upsurge in conflict between government forces and the 12,000-strong Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), who have been fighting for an independent Islamic state on the island for decades, after a peace deal collapsed last August.

According to President Gloria Arroyo’s chief aide, Eduarto Ermita, the suspension of fighting would “advance stability and peace in the conflict-affected areas”.

“The AFP [Armed Forces of the Philippines] shall revert to the active defence mode as provided for in the guidelines on the primacy of the peace process,” Ermita said.

Rafael Seguis, chairman of the government’s peace negotiating panel with the MILF, said the decision would stop the humanitarian situation from further deteriorating.

“Because the hostilities have affected innocent civilians and the mounting number of IDPs, the president is very concerned,” Seguis said, adding that he had recently visited camps in Maguindanao Province – scene of the heaviest fighting in recent weeks – and was appalled by the “deplorable” condition of the IDPs. (more…)

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By BBC News

British and French foreign ministers in Sri Lanka have urged the government to halt its military offensive against Tamil Tiger rebels in the north. UK Foreign Secretary David Miliband said the call was not aimed at saving the Tamil rebel leader but the lives of thousands of civilians trapped. Correspondents say the government is unlikely to agree to a truce. It has previously rejected similar calls and its relations with European countries have been tense. The Swedish Foreign Minister, Carl Bildt, had been due to accompany his European colleagues on the visit, but was refused entry by the Sri Lankan government. The European Union has strongly criticised the refusal. ‘Winning the peace’ “No-one in the international community has been calling for a ceasefire or to stop firing to save [Tiger leader Vellupillai] Prabhakaran. The calls have come because of the overwhelming concern with the wellbeing of the civilians,” Mr Miliband said.


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