Bahraini minister denies report on violence escalation

Bahraini minister denies report on violence escalation
# 13 December 2013 20:15 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. Bahraini Interior Minister Shaikh Rashid bin Abdulla Al Khalifa on Friday denied media report that there has been escalation of violence in the kingdom recently, APA rpoerts quoting Xinhua.

The minister said that Bahrain's security situation is under control, despite reports by the West claiming Bahrain is facing instability.

"Some organizations and even some countries release false information that creates an incorrect picture of our country," he charged.

His remarks come on the day when opposition groups announced their "1,000 days of unrest."

Bahrain witnessed anti-government protests in early 2011. Opposition groups last month pulled out from the National Dialogue after their leader was arrested on charges of inciting terrorism.

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EU warships escort WFP food supplies to Somalia

Baku-APA. The EU naval force said Friday it successful completed a three-day escort of a UN World Food Programme (WFP) chartered food supplies to Somalia from Kenya, APA reports quoting Xinhua.

In a statement, the anti-piracy taskforce said its Spanish EU Naval Force ship ESPS Tornado escorted WFP ship from Kenya's coastal city of Mombasa to the port of Kismayo in Somalia to deliver the much needed assistance to Mogadishu.

"During the escort, members of the Spanish Navy crew remained on constant look-out, with the ship's helicopter ready to launch at short notice to help deter any pirate attack," the statement said.

The UN food agency has delivered over 100 shipments to the Horn of Africa despite lack of protection and now reduced piracy incidents in Somali waters.

Several governments have provided naval escorts for ships carrying food aid since November 2007 to troubled Somalia, and since then, no ship carrying WFP supplies has seen pirates' attacks.

The Spanish Navy Offshore Patrol Vessel ESPS Tornado is currently on her first deployment with EU NAVFOR. The protection of humanitarian aid carried by WFP ships is one of the key tasks of Operation Atalanta.

European Union navies participating in EU NAVFOR also deter, prevent and repress acts of piracy off the coast of Somalia and protect vulnerable ships.

The EU Naval Force warships are also providing protection to the UN chartered vessels supplying the AMISOM which is supporting the transitional Somali government to stabilize the lawless nation.

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