UN panel’s report: Israel must withdraw all settlers from West Bank

UN panel’s report: Israel must withdraw all settlers from West Bank

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A Palestinian activist fixes a flag near a proposed new encampment in the West Bank on Jan 20.

 

By Alastair Jamieson, Staff writer, NBC News

Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank violate Palestinian human rights and must be withdrawn, United Nations investigators said Thursday — a move described by observers as “unprecedented.”

An international report by the U.N. Human Rights Council said Israel is “committing serious breaches of its obligations under the right to self-determination and under humanitarian law.”

All settlers must begin to withdraw from the occupied territories, the report said. It echoed the earlier claim of Palestinians that the the practices of settlers could be considered possible war crimes by the International Criminal Court.

Israel, which did not cooperate with the investigation, dismissed the document as “biased” and said it would “only hamper efforts to find a sustainable solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict.”

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Is There A Dividing Line Between “Militant Islamists” and Islamic Terrorists?

AMMAN (Reuters) – A Jordanian Muslim preacher who encourages a flow of militants to Syriapredicts an eventual showdown between Islamists and secular rebel groups should President Bashar al-Assad fall.

Mohammed Shalabi, better known as Abu Sayyaf, said Islamist fighters with groups such as the Nusra Front, which the United States lists as a terrorist organization, had refused offers to join the rebelFree Syrian Army in return for pay and weapons.

If Assad is overthrown, he told Reuters, the Free Syrian Army, or elements within it ideologically hostile to the Nusra Front, would immediately order Islamist groups to disarm.

“Then there will be a confrontation between us and losses will rise, but I don’t want to pre-empt events,” he said.

Abu Sayyaf is a marked man, who has spent 10 years behind bars for militant activities including a plot to attack U.S. troops in Jordan, but seems unconcerned about surveillance.

Interviewed in his car outside the state security court in Amman this week, the Salafi jihadi leader said the Jordanian authorities were trying to stop young militants from crossing the border to join the battle against Assad’s forces.

“We have sat with the security forces and asked them what harm would come if they let us go to Syria freely,” said Abu Sayyaf, 46, a burly man with a flowing beard, dressed like a tribesman in a red chequered headdress and a white robe.

“You tell us we are troublesome, so let us get killed in Syria, leave us to meet our fate in this inferno,” he said he had told Jordanian intelligence officers when they called him in to ask him to restrain fighters bent on travelling to Syria.

“What they fear is that these youths will return like the ‘Afghan Arabs’ did. They fear they would come back one day and declare jihad and fight here,” he declared.

He was alluding to Arab militants who combated Soviet forces occupying Afghanistan in the 1980s, some of them members of Osama bin Laden’s al Qaeda network, which was supported at the time by the United States, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan.

Abu Sayyaf, based in the volatile desert city of Maan, 160 km (100 miles) south of Amman, where he was involved in clashes with security forces in 2002, said at least 350 Jordanians were now fighting in Syria and nearly 25 had been “martyred”.

About 50 had been detained in Jordan before they could reach Syria and some were now facing trial at the state security court – although he said the authorities had softened their treatment of militants since Arab uprisings erupted two years ago.

“WORRY FOR THE REGION”

Jordanian officials say the army and security forces are doing their best to control the porous 370-km (230-mile) frontier. “We don’t allow any weapons or fighters to cross from Jordan,” Information Minister Samih al-Maaytah told Reuters.

“We don’t take sides in Syria or interfere there,” he said. “At the same time it is evident that any control by extremist groups in Syria is a worry for the region and for Jordan.”

Maayteh recalled suicide bombings of hotels in Amman that killed 70 people in 2005, attacks claimed by Al Qaeda in Iraq, then led by a Jordanian Islamist, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.

Abu Sayyaf said Jordanian efforts to tighten border control after Syrian rebels captured some frontier areas had reduced the inflow of militants to Syria in the last four months.

“We don’t have an organization that sends youths in an organized way,” he said, adding that most entered Syria with the help of established drug smugglers in return for money.

Abu Sayyaf, juggling constantly ringing mobile phones, denied any direct ties between al Qaeda and the Nusra Front, which has emerged as one of the strongest rebel units in Syria.

“Trust me, there is no organizational link between al Qaeda and the Nusra Front, though they share the same views and methods,” he said, adding that these were based on the Koran.

He defended al Qaeda attacks such as those in the United States on September 11, 2001 as justified responses to Western or Israeli incursions into Muslim lands, and hinted that France could also become a target for its recent intervention in Mali.

“It’s France that has come to Mali, we did not go to your home territory,” he said of the French-led military action to regain control of northern Mali from Islamist militants.

Abu Sayyaf criticized Jordan’s King Abdullah for warning last week about the danger of a “new Taliban” arising in Syria, saying this reflected concerns of his Western allies about al Qaeda, which only masked worries about “true Islam”.

“So when the king spoke about this al Qaeda danger, it’s because they consider true Islam as the danger because if it arrives it will uproot these regimes and enforce Islam.”

However, he said that just as al Qaeda’s aims in Afghanistan were once aligned with those of the West during the Cold War, Islamist militants shared a Western interest in Assad’s removal.

“Because the removal of the regime matters to us, if the Americans or the British or any party helps us to get rid of this regime, we don’t have a problem.”

(Editing by Giles Elgood)

Japan PM Intends To Alter American-Imposed Pacifist Constitution To Allow Use of Military Forces

RENUNCIATION OF WAR

“Article 9. Aspiring sincerely to an international peace based on justice and order, the Japanese people forever renounce war as a sovereign right of the nation and the threat or use of force as means of settling international disputes.
In order to accomplish the aim of the preceding paragraph, land, sea, and air forces, as well as other war potential, will never be maintained. The right of belligerency of the state will not be recognized.”

Abe says he intends to change constitution

By Kyoko Hasegawa

Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force ships Kurama (R) and Hyuga (L) off Sagami Bay, Japan, on October 14, 2012AFP

TOKYO —

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told lawmakers Thursday he intends to change the post-WWII constitution that imposed pacifism on Japan, in a move likely to stir suspicion in China and beyond.

Abe, who was elected in December, has long harbored ambitions to re-write a document critics say hampers effective self defense, but supporters say is a bulwark against the militarism that blighted Asia last century.

“I will start with amending Article 96 of the constitution,” Abe told upper house lawmakers, referring to a clause stipulating that amendments require a two-thirds majority in the Diet.

In the run-up to polls, Abe said he wanted to study the possibility of altering the constitution’s definition of Japan’s armed forces.

The well-funded and well-equipped military—one of the world’s most technologically-advanced—is referred to as the Self-Defense Forces, and barred from taking aggressive action.

Abe said before the election that he would look into making the SDF a full-fledged military, but the suggestion sets alarm bells ringing in Asian countries subject to Japan’s brutal military adventurism of the past.

U.S. occupying forces imposed the constitution on Japan in the aftermath of World War II, but its war-renouncing Article Nine became part of the fabric of national life, engendering a pacifism that remains dear to many Japanese.

Retiree Kazuo Shimamura said Japan’s suffering in WWII, including from two atomic bombs, was reason enough not to change.

“I want the constitution to stay as it is to prevent new wars from happening,” he said.

But critics say a pledge that “land, sea, and air forces, as well as other war potential, will never be maintained” ties Tokyo’s hands at a time of growing regional unease and amid a sovereignty spat with China.

“Japan’s next generation will have to face all sorts of problems,” 60-year-old Nobuyuki Shimane said. “We have to take our destiny in our hands and change the status of the army to protect our territorial sovereignty.”

Abe told the Diet he wants to set up a Japanese version of Washington’s National Security Council, tasked with the gathering and analysis of information.

“It is unavoidable that we strengthen Japan’s security arrangements to protect our national interest and ensure the safety of our people in the increasingly complex international situation,” he said.

Japan and China have butted diplomatic heads repeatedly over the last half-year over a disputed island chain in the East China Sea.

Tokyo views Beijing’s military build up with suspicion and says its vast trading partner should be more transparent about what it spends on its increasingly mighty forces and to what end, something Abe Thursday said was a “common concern” for the entire region.

Since coming to power, Abe, whose father was a World War II cabinet member and later prime minister, has been on a bridge-building mission to South East Asia, looking to shore up alliances with capitals disquieted by Beijing’s rise.

In December, Manila—which has a separate territorial row with Beijing—said it favored a re-armed Japan that could act as a counterbalance to China.

Tetsuro Kato, professor of politics at Waseda University, said any change would represent a significant shift for a generation that embraced post-war democracy, adding it would also prove problematic abroad.

“South Korean newspapers, especially, focused on Abe’s plans for constitutional reform during the election campaign,” he said.

Constitutional amendments in Japan require a two-thirds majority of lawmakers in both houses, and must be ratified by a referendum, where they can pass with a simple majority of those voting.

The LDP and its coalition partner New Komeito have a more-than two-thirds majority in the lower house, but the dovish junior party is wary about amendments.

The less powerful upper house is controlled by no single party, but elections for half of the seats there must be held later this year.

Shoichi Koseki, a constitutional history expert at Dokkyo University, said lowering the bar for amendments could create instability, allowing the constitution to change with every new government.

“Many countries require large majorities for this,” he said, pointing to the tough amendment protocols in the United States as an example.

International Condemnation of Zionist Bombing of Damascus Research Center

Arab and international condemnation of the Israeli aggression on the research center in Syria: blatant aggression and unacceptable violation of the Charter of the United Nations

 

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research centers in Syria

(SANA) –

Russia expressed its grave concern about the Israeli aircraft broke the Syrian airspace and bombed a scientific research centers in Syria, saying that this is an unacceptable violation of the Charter of the United Nations.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement today, “Moscow has received with deep concern the news of Israeli air raid on sites in Syria near Damascus, adding that if this information is correct, we will be in front of attacks are not justified on the territory of a sovereign state what is a gross violation of the Charter of the United Nations whatever the justifications. “

The statement went on to say, “to take rapid action to clarify the situation in all its details … and call again to stop any form of violence in Syria and the lack of external interference and the start of national dialogue Syrian Geneva on the basis of a statement.”

Mansour: convicted and calls from Arab firm stance to confront it by all legitimate means

Minister condemned the Lebanese Foreign Affairs and Emigrants Adnan Mansour strongly yesterday on the Israeli aggression a scientific research centers in Syria and the fact in Jmraiya area Rural Damascus, pointing out that it constitutes a flagrant aggression.

Mansour said in a statement today that “this aggression once again confirms the fact the course Israeli terrorist since 1948 until today and the threat of a permanent threat to peace and security Arab” and “is requires us as Arabs to have a firm stance to confront him with all legitimate means.”

In this connection, Mansour stressed that the de facto peace that Israel wants to impose will not find its way to the region and will provide them with security and peace that seeks him.

Arab League: violation violates the United Nations Charter and the violation of international conventions and charters

Also condemned the General Secretariat of the League of Arab States breach the Israeli enemy of the Syrian air yesterday and bombed airplanes scientific center in the area Jmraiya Rural Damascus, which resulted in the death and injury of a number of Syrian citizens and bring about the destruction of a large Taul established and accessories, describing it as “aggression brutal.”

Secretariat condemned in a press statement today this blatant Israeli aggression and considered a flagrant violation of the territory and sovereignty of an Arab state and contrary to the Charter of the United Nations and the norms of international law and a violation of international agreements and conventions and Security Council resolutions relevant.

And demanded the Secretariat in its statement the international community to shoulder its responsibilities and put an end to the persistence of “Israel” in their attacks on Arab states confirmed that the international community’s silence for the bombing, “Israel” to sites Syria in the past encouraged to proceed with the new aggression untapped situations where the feet of this criminal act.

Secretariat also stressed the need to hold Israel fully responsible for the results of aggression and the right of Syria in the defense of its territory and sovereignty and “to seek full compensation resulting from human and material losses” caused by this aggression.

Israeli Warplanes Killed Syrians Somewhere, Overnight

[The Zionist press is reporting it as bombing a weapons convoy of trucks going to Hezbollah, consisting of S-17 SAM systems.  Agence France Presse is hinting that it might have been carrying those chemical weapons, thus clearly across Obama’s “red lines.”  None of us can know for certain what Israeli warplanes struck overnight, but everyone agrees that they bombed something in Syria.]

Army Command: Israeli enemy warplanes penetrated our airspace at dawn today and bombed a scientific research centers in Jmraiya Rural Damascus

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Damascus, (SANA) –

Said the General Command of the Armed Forces said in a statement that after he mocked Israel in cooperation with hostile states for the Syrian people tools at home to hit the vital sites and military selected in the Syrian state in an attempt to curtail the supportive role of the resistance and legitimate rights in the region and after that succeeded those tools, especially the gangs and movements obscurantism in targeting some of these sites from the media air defense and points other vital for nearly two years and failed to hit a lot of them penetrated Israeli warplanes our airspace at dawn today and bombed directly a scientific research centers responsible for raising the level of resistance and self-defense in the district Jmraiya Brief Damascus after the terrorist groups made several unsuccessful attempts over the months the Log and Capture the site.

The statement that Israeli warplanes had infiltrated from the North Heights Mount Hermon height low and below the radar and went to the area Jmraiya Rural Damascus, where is located a subsidiary of Scientific Research Center and carried out aggression blatant bombing site caused the occurrence of material damage and the destruction of the building in addition to the center develop mechanisms adjacent parking garage which led to the martyrdom of two workers at the site and wounding five others before it withdraws hostile aircraft in the same way that infiltration .. And therefore no truth reported by some media that Israeli aircraft targeted a convoy was traveling from Syria to Lebanon, but General Command confirms that Israeli aircraft targeted a facility for scientific research in flagrant breach of the rule and Syrian airspace.

The statement said: From the above it is clear to everyone now that Israel is the engine and the beneficiary and the executor sometimes what is happening from terrorist acts targeting Syria and its people resistant and it shares some of states supporting terrorism, led by Turkey and Qatar.

The statement added: that the General Command of the Armed Forces Reaffirming that this attack blatant added to the history of entity Israeli occupation term of aggression and criminality against Arabs and Muslims and put across the Syrian government this Israeli arrogance and aggression dangerous to Syrian sovereignty draw the international community stresses that such criminal acts will not weaken Syria and its role will not discourage Syrians continue to support the resistance movements and the just Arab causes, particularly the Palestinian issue.

The Greatest Speech by a Western Statesman This Century?

The Greatest Speech by a Western Statesman This Century?

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32 year old Belgiam MP Laurent Louis’s speech/video in the Belgian Parliament has been widely passed around but has not been seen by the tens of millions that need to hear these truths.

This courageous man makes the stooges and weasels in our Congress look to be exactly what they are…traitors.

Below is the translated transcript.

“Thank you, Mr President. Dear Ministers, dear Colleagues.

Belgium is indeed the land of surrealism.

This morning we learned from the media that the Belgian army is incapable of fighting some extremist soldiers having radical Islamist beliefs existing within its own ranks but who cannot be dismissed for lack of legal means.

However, at the same time, we decide to help France in its war against “Terror” by providing logistical support for its operation in Mali. What wouldn’t we do in order to fight against terrorism outside our borders? I just hope we took care not to send for this anti-terrorist operation, in Mali, these much talked about Belgian Islamists soldiers!

I seem to be joking, but what is going on in the world today does not make me laugh at all. It doesn’t make me laugh, because without any doubt, the leaders of our Western countries are taking the people for imbeciles with the help and support of the Media which are nothing more today than an organ of propaganda of the ruling powers.

Around the world, military actions and regime’s destabilization are becoming more and more frequent. Preventive war has become the rule.

And today, in the name of democracy and the fight against terrorism, our states grant themselves the right to violate the sovereignty of independent countries and to overthrow legitimate leaders.

There has been Iraq and Afghanistan, the wars of the American lie. Later, came Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, where thanks to your decisions, our country has been “first in line” to participate in crimes against humanity, in each case overthrowing progressive and moderate regimes and to replace them with Islamist regimes, and – isn’t it weird ? – Their first act was to impose Sharia law.

This is exactly what is currently happening in Syria where Belgium is shamefully funding the arming of the Islamist rebels who are trying to overthrow Bashar Al Assad. Thus, in the midst of economic crisis, as more and more Belgians can no longer house themselves, feed, heat and cure themselves – Yeah, I can hear what a filthy populist I am – well, the Minister of Foreign Affairs decided to offer the Syrian rebels nine million Euros!

Of course, they’ll try to make us believe that this money will be used for humanitarian purposes … one more lie! And as you can see, for months, our country is only participating to put in place, Islamic regimes in North Africa and the Middle East. So, when they come and pretend to go to war in order to fight against terrorism in Mali, well… I feel like laughing. It’s false!

Under the appearance of good actions, we only intervene to defend financial interests in a complete neo-colonialist agenda. It makes no sense to go to help France in Mali in the name of the fight against Islamic terrorism when – at the same time – we support the overthrow of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad by Islamist rebels who want to impose Sharia Law, as was done in Tunisia and in Libya.

It is about time to stop lying to us and treating people like imbeciles.

The time has come to tell the truth. Arming the Islamist Rebels, as Westerners have, in the past armed Bin Laden, that friend of the Americans before they turned against him, well, the western countries are taking the opportunity to place military bases in the newly conquered countries while favoring domestic companies.

Everything is therefore strategic. In Iraq, our American allies have put their hands on the country’s oil wealth. In Afghanistan, it was its opium and drugs always useful when it comes to make lots of money pretty quickly. In Libya, in Tunisia, in Egypt, or then again in Syria, the aim was – and is still today, to overthrow moderate powers, to replace them with Islamist powers who very quickly will become troublesome and who we will shamelessly attack pretending once again, to fight terrorism or protect Israel.

Thus, the next targets are already known. Within a few months, I bet that our eyes will turn to Algeria and eventually to Iran.

To go to war, to free people from an outside aggressor, is noble. But to go to war to defend the interests of the USA; To go to war to defend the interests of big companies such as AREVA; go to war to put our hands on gold mines, is not at all noble and reveals our counties to be attackers and thugs!

No one dares to speak, but I will not shut up! And if my battle makes me look like an enemy of this system that flaunts the Human Rights in the name of financial, geo-strategic and neo-colonialist interests, so be it!

Flaunting and exposing this regime is a duty and makes me proud. And honestly, I apology for my low class speech, but I say fuck you all, the so-called do-gooders, both left and right-wingers or from the center who are today licking the boots of our corrupted powers and who will be pleased to ridicule me.

I say fuck you all, leaders who are playing with your bombs as kids do in a playground! I say fuck you, you who pretend to be democrats while you are nothing more than low class criminals. 

I don’t have much respect neither for the journalists who have the audacity to label the opponents as mentally retarded while basically, they know very well that these opponents are right.

Finally, I despise, at the highest point, those who believe they are the kings of the world and who are dictating their laws, because I AM on the side of truth, the side of justice, the side of the innocent victims of looting at all cost. And it is for this reason that I have decided to clearly oppose this resolution that is sending our country to support France in its neo-colonialist operation.

Since the beginning of the French operation, the lie was established. We are told that France is only answering the call for help of a Malian president. We almost forget that this president has no legitimacy and that he was put in place to ensure the transition following the coup of March 2012. Who supported this coup d’état? Who started it? For whom is this president of transition actually working? This is the first lie!

The French president, François Hollande dares to pretend to wage this war to fight against the jihadists who threaten (ohhhh do you realize!) who threaten the French and European territory! But what an ugly lie! By taking this official argument, while taking the opportunity to frighten the population increasing the terror alert level, implementing the Vigipirate plan our leaders and media are demonstrating an unimaginable outrage!

How dare they use such a point while France and Belgium have not hesitated to arm and support Jihadists in Libya and that these same countries continue to support these jihadists in Syria.

This pretext is a coverup to strategic and economic purposes. Our countries are no longer in fear of appearing inconsistent because everything is done to hide it. But the inconsistency is apparent. It is not tomorrow that you’ll see a Malian citizen commit an act of terrorism in Europe. No! Not unless we suddenly create one so we can justify this military operation.

Haven’t we created September 11 after all, to justify the invasions, arbitrary arrest, torture and massacre of innocent populations? Thus, to create a Malian terrorist is no big deal!

It must not be very complicated for our bloodthirsty leaders.

Another pretext used these recent months to justify military operations, as the protection of human rights. Ah! This pretext is still used today to justify the war in Mali. But yes! We have to act, otherwise the evil Islamists will impose Sharia law in Mali, stoning women and cutting the thugs’ hands off.

Oh! The intention is truly noble. Noble and salutary for sure. But then why is it – Good Lord – why is it that our countries have contributed in Tunisia and Libya to the accession to power of Islamists who have decided to apply this Sharia Law in these countries which were, not so long ago, still regarded as modern and progressive? I invite you to ask the young Tunisians who have launched the revolution in Tunisia, if they are happy with their current situation? This is all hypocrisy.

The purpose of this war in Mali is very clear. And since no one talks about it, I WILL. The purpose is to fight against China and allow our American ally to maintain its presence in Africa and the Middle East. This is what guides these neo-colonialists operations.

And you will see, when the military operation will be over, France will, of course, keep its military bases in Mali. These bases will be a benefit to the Americans as well. And at the same time, as has always been the case, western corporations will put their hands on juicy contracts that will once again deprive re-colonized countries of their wealth and raw materials.

So let’s be clear, the primary beneficiaries of this military operation, will be the owners and shareholders of the French giant AREVA who has been trying for years to obtain a uranium mine in Falea, a town of 17,000 inhabitants located at 350 km from Bamako.

And I don’t know why, but my little finger is telling me that it won’t take long before AREVA will eventually exploit that mine!

I don’t know, it’s an impression I have. It is therefore out of question that I would take part to this mining colonialism, this modern times colonialism.

And for those who doubt about my arguments, I sincerely invite them to learn about the wealth of Mali.

Mali is a major producer of gold, but recently it has been recently designated as being a country that offers a world-class environment for the exploitation of uranium. How strange!

One step closer to a war against Iran, it is obvious.

For all these reasons and in order to not fall into the traps of lies they are tending us, I’ve decided not to give my support to that intervention in Mali.

Therefore, I will vote against it. And by doing so, I’m being consistent since, I never supported in the past our criminal interventions in Libya or in Syria, and so being the only MP in this country to defend the non-interference and the fight against obscure interests. I really think it is about time to put an end to our participation to the UN or NATO and get out of the EU if Europe, instead of providing peace, providing peace becomes a weapon of attack and destabilization of sovereign countries submissive to financial rather than human interests

Finally, I can only urge our government to remind the President Hollande the obligations resulting from the Geneva Conventions regarding the respect of prisoners of war.

Indeed, I was shocked to hear on television from the mouth of the French President that his intention was to “destroy” – I say “destroy” – Islamist terrorists.

So, I do not want the qualification to be used to name the opponents to the Malian regime – it is always convenient today to talk about Islamic terrorists- to be used to circumvent the obligations of any democratic state in terms of respecting the rights of prisoners of war.

We expect such a respect from the Fatherland of Human Rights. In conclusion, Let me emphasize how lightly we decide to go to war.

First, the government acts without any consent from the Parliament. It appears that it has the right to. It sends equipment, men to Mali. The Parliament subsequently reacts and when it responds, as today, well, this institution happens to be composed of only 1/3 of its members. Much less if we speak of the French speaking MP’s.

It is therefore a guilty lightness which does not really surprises me, coming from a Parliament of puppies, submitted to the dictates of political parties. Thank you.”

(Translation: Geraldine Feuillien)

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Belgian Parliament Member Blames 9/11 False Flag for Criminal Invasions of Sovereign Countries. 

Please tell everyone you know that there are a few in this world not afraid to take a stand against the world wide criminal syndicate. 

Now We Have the Missing Ingredient Tying Evil Survivalists and Preppers To the School Shooting Controversy

[Not only did the freak kill the driver in front of the kids and take one of them to his “well-stocked bunker,” the attack took place within 1/2 mile of Addison High School.  Now they have a reason to go after survivalists, as they move to seize all soon to be banned “illegal type” weapons.  Look for this to happen again, soon…perhaps again and again, until the door swings closed on the Second Amendment.]

Jimmy Lee Dykes Suspected in Midland City Bus Driver Shooting: REPORT

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Jimmy Lee Dykes Suspected in Midland City Bus Driver Shooting: REPORT
LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – Jimmy Lee Dykes is allegedly suspected in the Midland City bus driver shooting today that is now a hostage situation, claims the Dothan Eagle newspaper. Jimmy Lee Dykes is allegedly suspected in the shooting of a school bus driver in Midland City in southeastern Alabama Tuesday January 29, 2013; the crime scene, however, now involves the alleged hostage of a six year old student.

Police are not confirming Dykes’ name. They do confirm that the suspect allegedly came onto the bus near Destiny Church, took a six year old studentfrom the vehicle, and fired at the driver. Police have decided not to release any names of persons involved. They are also withholding details about the driver’s condition as well.

But the Dothan Eagle claims that Jimmy Lee Dykes is 65 years old and was allegedly arrested and charged with menacing back on December 22, 2012. The Eagles also claims that Dykes is allegedly the gunman hold-up in the bunker with the child. The bunker is located behind Dykes’ home near US 231.

The Dale County Sheriff’s Office issued the following news release late today “The Dale County Sheriff’s Department has established a command postlocation at the intersection of 231 North and Private Road 1539 in Dale County, Alabama following a shooting. Multiple agencies are present assisting with the incident. Authorities say a call was received regarding a shooting involving a Dale County School Bus at 3:36 p.m.”

Reports claim that the driver may have suffered multiple gunshot wounds. The shooting reportedly happened at 3:36 pm during a routine bus stop. Officials confirm that hostage negotiators are in contact with the suspect. Police Sgt. Rachel David tells news that all schools in Dale County and Ozark City Schools will be closed tomorrow January 30.