Switzerland is backing an initiative by the International Criminal Court (ICC) to arrest the Libyan leader on charges of crimes against humanity, according to media reports.

 

"/> Switzerland is backing an initiative by the International Criminal Court (ICC) to arrest the Libyan leader on charges of crimes against humanity, according to media reports.

 

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MIDDLE EAST

Qaddafi arrest warrants gain Swiss support

 

Switzerland is backing an initiative by the International Criminal Court (ICC) to arrest the Libyan leader on charges of crimes against humanity, according to media reports.

 

ICC prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo on Monday requested that the court’s judges issue arrest warrants against Muammar Qaddafi, his son Saif Al Islam Gaddafi and the Head of the Intelligence Abdullah Al Sanousi.

“The evidence shows that civilians were attacked in their homes; demonstrations were repressed using live ammunition, heavy artillery was used against participants in funeral processions, and snipers placed to kill those leaving the mosques after prayers,” the ICC said in a statement.

The ICC judges must now rule on the request.
 According to Swiss reports, the country’s support to the ICC initiative is not linked to efforts by Swiss authorities to prosecute the Libyan government over the 2009 kidnapping of two Swiss businessmen, Corriere del Ticino newspaper said.

LIBYA

First Red Cross aid reaches Yemeni capital

An initial flight from the International Committee of the Red Cross transporting medical personnel has reached the Yemeni capital Sanaa, the Geneva-based organization said on Tuesday, as fighting in the Arabian Peninsula country led to warnings of a humanitarian crisis.

First Red Cross aid reaches Yemeni capital
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"First @ICRC flight reached Sanaa," " Dominik Stillhart, director of operations at the Red Cross, posted on his Twitter account.

"More to come by air and sea when clearances received to bring urgently needed medical supplies."

ICRC spokeswoman Sitara Jabeen said the first flight was a small passenger plane carrying medical staff and that it landed on Monday.

A cargo plane with medical supplies was waiting in Amman, she said.
   
"This plane will go to Sanaa tomorrow," said Jabeen.

The organization was also planning to send another aid shipment with a plane that would travel from Geneva to Sanaa.
   
Relief workers have warned of a dire situation in the impoverished country, where a Saudi-led coalition is waging an air war on the Iran-backed Huthi Shiite rebels.

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