|Iraq football stadium
hit by deadly suicide bombing
(BBC NEWS) – A
suicide bombing at a football stadium in northern Iraq has
killed 10 people and injured 120 others, police say.
An attacker detonated explosives hidden inside a vehicle at
the entrance to the stadium in Tal Afar, a mainly Shia
Turkmen town west of Mosul.
Witnesses said the blast was followed by at least one other.
Some said up to three suicide bombers were involved.
Earlier, the militant umbrella group, the Islamic State
of Iraq, warned Shias of “dark days soaked with blood”.
“What is happening to you nowadays is just a drizzle,” said
Al-Nasser Lideen Allah Abu Suleiman, the group’s so-called
minister of war.
Abu Suleiman succeeded Abu Ayyub al-Masri, the leader of
al-Qaeda in Iraq who was killed along with ISI leader Abu
Omar al-Baghdadi in a joint operation by US and Iraq forces
No group has yet said it carried out the bombings in Tal
Afar, but correspondents say the method was similar to past
al-Qaeda attacks and the group remains active in the area.
“Many people were gathered to watch the match,” Hussein
Nashad, who attended the game, told the AFP news agency by
telephone from a hospital in Tal Afar where he was being
treated for shock.
“We heard a loud explosion and the people behind me shielded
me from the shrapnel. I ran away, but then I heard someone
shout ‘Allahu Akbar’, and then there was another explosion,”
Another spectator, Ali Jaafar, told the Reuters news
agency: “Suddenly we saw a pick-up in the middle of the
field. The players were suspicious so they ran and as
expected it turned out to be a suicide car bomber. The
spectators began to run away but two suicide bombers were in
On Monday, more than 100 people were killed in a series of
apparently co-ordinated attacks blamed on al-Qaeda and its
Obama slams oil
spill blame game
Barack Obama, the US president, has condemned what he
said was the ‘ridiculous spectacle’ of oil company
executives trading blame over the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
In his sternest comments yet on the issue, Obama said he
would not tolerate any more ‘fingerpointing’ and denounced
what he said had been a ‘cosy relationship’ between oil
companies and federal government regulators.
“I did not appreciate what I considered to be a
ridiculous spectacle during the congressional hearings into
this matter,” Obama told reporters outside the White House
“I will not tolerate more fingerpointing or
irresponsibility,” he said. “The American people could not
have been impressed with that display and I certainly
Obama was referring to testimony this week in Congress by
officials of the three companies involved in the disaster -
BP, Halliburton and Transocean Ltd - none of whom took
responsibility for the spill, and instead blamed one
“The system failed, and it failed badly,” Obama said.
“And for that, there is enough responsibility to go around.
And all parties should be willing to accept it.”
Almost one month after the explosion on the Deepwater
Horizon oil rig that caused the sinking of the platform and
subsequent spill, engineers from BP have still not been able
to plug the leak. Jake Sherman, a congressional reporter for
the Politico newspaper, told Al Jazeera that it was clear
from the hearings in Washington that the oil companies did
not have answers to how to tackle the spill. “It was very
clear, and it has been said a lot, that they don’t know how
to clean this up. They said that the investigation is still
going on and they don’t have answers yet,” he said.
“One thing they did get out of the oil companies, though,
was that BP is willing to pay; it will pay for the clean-up
and all forms of legitimate liability.”
Visibly angered by that failure to contain the spill and
the gravity of the disaster, Obama said he was launching a
‘top to bottom’ review of enforcement of environmental
“I’m not going to rest or be satisfied until the leak is
stopped at the source, the oil in the Gulf is contained and
cleaned up, and the people of the Gulf are able to go back
to their lives and their livelihoods,” he said.
|Australia hails yacht girl for sailing
Australians have gathered around Sydney
harbour to welcome back teenager Jessica Watson from her
record round-the-world sailing adventure.
The 16-year-old is said to be the youngest person to sail
non-stop, solo and unassisted around the world.
But her record has been questioned with claims that she has
not sailed far enough.
She will also not be recognised by the World Speed Sailing
Record Council, as it has ended its under-18 category.
Ms Watson sailed into Sydney harbour on Saturday, seven
months after leaving on an arduous voyage some critics said
was too dangerous for someone so young.
Thousands of well-wishers lined the harbour and watched from
boats as Ms Watson sailed her pink, 10m (34ft) yacht Ella’s
Pink Lady over the finishing line.
Family, friends and Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd
have gathered to greet her. Many of the onlookers wore pink
to match the boat.
Many more Australians are watching the event broadcast live
“It’s like the day before Christmas,” she wrote in her blog
before she arrived.
“Except I don’t ever remember getting this excited about
She left Sydney on October 18, defying critics who said she
was being irresponsible for taking on such a difficult
voyage at such a young age. (BBC NEWS)
|Nicolas Sarkozy threatened to pull out
of euro over Greece row
Nicolas Sarkozy warned of damage to Franco-German
relationship if Angela Merkel opposed EU plan
(Guardian) – Nicolas Sarkozy threatened to abandon the
euro unless Angela Merkel dropped her hostility to the EU’s
€750bn safety net for the single currency, sources in
Brussels and European capitals said yesterday.
In a confrontation between Europe’s two most powerful
politicians, the French president said he would walk out of
the talks and warned of lasting damage to the Franco-German
relationship unless the German chancellor backed the plans.
“It was a standup argument. He was shouting and bawling,”
said one official in Brussels. “It was Sarkozy on steroids,”
said a European diplomat. “He’s always very energetic. This
time he was very emotional, too.” The French leader banged
his fist on the table, according to yesterday’s El País
newspaper in Spain.
The showdown, late on Friday last week, kicked off a
momentous week in Europe, raising fears – shared strongly in
Washington and elsewhere – that the euro could collapse,
wreaking untold damage on the world economy and also raising
questions about the very future of the EU.
Merkel warned on Thursday that the single currency crisis
triggered by Greece’s debt debacle was about much more than
money. “If the euro fails, it is not only the currency that
fails. Much more fails,” she said. “Then Europe fails. The
idea of European unity fails.”
Sarkozy’s ultimatum came at a Brussels summit of leaders of
the 16 countries in the single currency. It was called to
rubber-stamp a €110bn rescue package for Greece, but was
overtaken by events.
The financial markets were targeting Spain and Portugal
and the Greek emergency had escalated into a full-blown euro
crisis. After months of hand wringing, the leaders had to
come up with a much bigger deal to underpin the euro. By
11.30 pm, several sources said, the summit was deadlocked,
with Merkel digging in against a rescue fund to which
Germany would need to contribute at least €120bn.
Diplomats at the time reported that the summit was going
very badly and would continue through the night.
But it ended half an hour later after Sarkozy abruptly
announced he was leaving. “Sarko said: ‘For me it’s over.
I’m stopping this if we can’t agree,’ “ said a diplomat.
Sarkozy came downstairs and staged a triumphalist press
conference, announcing a radical breakthrough, an agreement
that was “95% French.”
Rocks, bottles, rubber
bullets lead to bloodshed in Bangkok
Behind a stage at their makeshift camp in downtown
Bangkok, protest leaders held an impromptu meeting Friday
night. Despite sweltering heat, all but one wore a
The perimeter of the “Red Shirt” base, with its stockades of
tires and sharpened bamboo, has always looked like a war
zone. But on Friday the protests crossed a new line, and the
site took on the appearance of a besieged camp in the middle
of enemy territory.
Powerful searchlights flashed over the roofs of
skyscrapers, seeking out snipers like the one who allegedly
shot and critically wounded protest leader Maj. Gen.
Khattiya Sawasdipol on Thursday.
In the rare moments between amplified belligerence from
loudspeakers on the stage, the rattle and pop of gunfire
could be heard on the southern perimeter of the protest
zone, evidence of a lethal game of hide and seek being
played in the darkness by soldiers and anti-government
The operation that sparked Friday’s bloodshed was
designed to quarantine the sprawling protest site, cutting
off reinforcements and supplies. A scrappy battle developed.
Troops - many of them appearing frightened and
ill-disciplined - began by firing tear gas and rubber
bullets, then escalated to live ammunition.
The protesters initially appeared to be armed only with
rocks, bottles and slingshots. But there was evidence that
they also had a small number of weapons, including grenade
launchers and homemade rockets.
Caught in the crossfire were two Thai reporters and a
Canadian cameraman. The three suffered gunshot wounds, but
their injuries were not believed to be life-threatening. At
least five people were reported killed, and dozens of others
Friday was not the most violent day of the nine-week protest
- that was April 10, when 25 people, including 19
protesters, five soldiers and a cameraman, were killed - but
it marked a troubling low point.
At best, the violence showed that the protesters’ claims
to be a peaceful movement were seriously flawed. At worst,
it suggested that the movement has been hijacked by
militants who believe that their road to victory lies
Thaksin Shinawatra, the former prime minister who was once
the moving spirit behind the protests, now is calling for
negotiations. Thaksin, a telecommunications billionaire who
lives in self-imposed exile to avoid a two-year sentence for
corruption, reportedly was instrumental in blocking the
protesters’ acceptance of embattled Prime Minister Abhisit
Vejjajiva’s offer last week of early elections.
There were fears that the protests, which have been
confined to a relatively small if high-profile part of
Bangkok, could spread to the countryside, where Thaksin and
the Red Shirt movement draw most of their support.
Confrontations already have been reported outside Bangkok,
and the government has responded by extending a state of
emergency to 17 of the country’s 76 provinces. But if the
clashes spread and there are more shadowy meetings of men in
bullet-proof jackets, the conflict may start to look less
like a political protest and more like an insurrection.
– (Washington Post)
|Ban Ki Moon urges to end clashes
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has urged protesters and
the authorities in Thailand to avoid further violence after
deadly clashes in Bangkok.
Ban’s office said he “strongly encourages them to urgently
return to dialogue”.
Recent clashes between Thai troops and anti-government
protesters have left 16 people dead and scores injured.
The protesters, who want the prime minister to resign, are
barricaded in a large camp in the centre of Bangkok.
Further outbreaks of violence have been reported overnight
with plumes of smoke rising from sections of the city.
Troops have set up roadblocks in a wide area to stop
supporters of the anti-government “red-shirt” movement from
reinforcing the thousands of protesters already in the camp.
A red-shirt leader, Kwanchai Praipana, told Reuters that
stocks were running low because of the blockade but that
they would last “for days”.
“We’ll keep on fighting until the government takes
responsibility,” he said.
On Friday, troops fired live rounds, tear gas and rubber
bullets in clashes with the protesters, who threw petrol
bombs and stones at the soldiers.
“The secretary general is following with growing concern the
rapidly mounting tensions and violence in Thailand,” Ban’s
“He appeals to both the protesters and the Thai authorities
to do all within their powers to avoid further violence and
loss of life,” its statement said.
“He strongly encourages them to urgently return to dialogue
in order to de-escalate the situation and resolve matters
peacefully.” – (BBC News)
|28 of wedding party electrocuted in
Twenty-eight people, mostly
women, travelling in a wedding party, were electrocuted and
charred to death when their minibus came in contact with a
high-voltage wire and turned into a ball of fire in the
tribal district of Mandla, 550km from Madhya Pradesh’s
capital, on Friday.
Police said the accident took place when metal objects and
furniture like almirah, etc, on the roof of the ill-fated
bus caught the overhead power line near Surajpur village. A
total of 34 baratis, all tribals, were inside the bus. Six
of the injured are now in Mandla district hospital.
Twenty-three women, four children and a man were killed
instantly. The driver and the conductor jumped out and saved
themselves. The police are questioning the driver.
Mandla SP K K Sharma said: “The victims, all Gond tribals,
were returning from Dobhi, 35 km from the spot. Most of them
were labourers and tendu leaf collectors. Women and children
were in the minibus while the men along with the bride and
the groom were on a jeep.”
“All the gifts from the bridegroom’s family were tied to the
roof of the bus, including a steel almirah,” Sharma said. A
criminal case has been registered against the bus owner,
driver and conductor, the police said. In Bhopal, chief
minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan announced a compensation of
Rs 1 lakh each to the families of the victims and free
treatment to the injured. He also ordered a magisterial
inquiry into the tragedy. – (The Times of India)
downplays privacy crisis meeting
downplayed the significance of a company-wide meeting to
discuss privacy issues.
The blogosphere described the meeting as a panic measure
following weeks of criticism over the way it handles
Several US senators have made public calls for Facebook to
rethink its privacy safeguards.
The American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU, launched a
petition directed at Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.
It called on him to regain the trust of users by giving them
control over all the information shared via Facebook.
Earlier this week European data protection officials weighed
in on the controversy and called privacy changes
A number of high-profile users have also deleted their
Facebook accounts after the site introduced a new feature
that lets non-Facebook websites, or third parties, post the
personal views of Facebook users without their consent.
Facebook described its internal get together as part of its
“open culture” giving employees “a forum to ask questions on
a topic that has received a lot of outside interest”.
Industry watchers said the company, which is the world’s
biggest social network, has shown it has “lost touch” over
showcase Russia’s growing clout
Russian president Dmitry Medvedev this week paid the
first-ever visit by a head of state from Moscow to Syria and
also made a visit to NATO member Turkey ruffling many
feathers in Washington over growing clout of the former
super power in a politically sensitive region. The Russian
leader hinted that his country will consider empowering
Syria with civil nuclear energy while he signed
comprehensive agreements in Turkey to do just that.
Russian news agencies quoted President Assad of Syria as
saying that he and Medvedev had discussed the possibility of
building power plants, including nuclear ones, in Syria.
In September 2007, Israeli warplanes bombed a site in
eastern Syria, which the U.S. later claimed was a nuclear
installation aimed at building an atomic bomb with aid from
Russia’s arms sales and possible nuclear cooperation with
Syria, which has close ties to Iran, is unnerving for Israel
and the United States, which earlier this month renewed
sanctions on Syria for another year, accusing it of
supporting “terrorist” groups.
On Wednesday, U.S. State Department spokesman Philip J.
Crowley told reporters that Washington was cautious over any
nuclear deal that included Syria.
Asked whether the United States approved of a possible
nuclear bond between Russia and Syria, Crowley said that NPT
signatories, including Russia, had “special
Terror organisation in every way
Israel expressed “deep disappointment” Thursday over a
meeting the Russian President Dmitry Medvedev held this week
in Syria with Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal, saying the
organisation must play a role in peace efforts. Calling
Hamas “a terror organisation in every way,” Israel’s Foreign
Ministry said in a statement that it expected Russia to
stand by Israel in its struggle against Hamas. “Hamas is a
terror organisation whose declared goal is the destruction
of the state of Israel...Hamas is responsible for the murder
of hundreds of innocent civilians, among them immigrants
from the Soviet Union and also Russian citizens.” Russia,
the United States, European Union and the United Nations,
make up a quartet of Middle East mediators. The U.S., EU and
Israel consider Hamas a terrorist group. Russia insists that
Hamas should not be isolated.
Turkey and Russia agreed on a $20 billion project in
which Moscow will build and own a controlling stake in
Turkey’s first nuclear power plant, as the two Cold War-era
rivals try to build a strategic partnership. Turkey’s drift
towards Russia provides many reasons for concern in Western
capitals. The country is the only Muslim nation in the North
Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) and has been a firm ally
of the United States and Europe during the cold war and
beyond. During the first and second Gulf Wars it was from
Turkey that US planes took off to bomb Iraq and the
inclusion of Turkey in the coalition in both wars gave some
credence to the claim that the conflict was not against
Muslims. Yet in the past years Turkey has been struggling
with its own identity as a moderate Islamic states. Though a
committed and pivotal member of NATO, Turkey has not been
given full membership of the European Union. Its application
to join the exclusive regional group has been dragging on
for years. Though the country’s economic status is cited as
the main reason for this delay it is no secret that the
European nations have been concerned over opening up its
boarders to a Muslim nation be it moderate or otherwise. In
this backdrop it is not surprising that Turkey has been
chartering a new foreign policy which has seen it take on a
greater role in the region and make new alliances with
Surprisingly Turkey has been a staunch defender of Iran’s
right to pursue civilian nuclear energy. Turkey as a non
permanent member of the UN Security Council, has been
opposing moves to enforce sanctions against the Islamic
Meanwhile Russia has been softening its opposition towards
imposing sanctions against Iran over its nuclear programme.
This week President Medvedev, who has indicated Russia could
support new U.N. Security Council sanctions against Iran
over its nuclear programme, called for “constructive
cooperation with the international community on Iran’s
part.” The United States and some European countries believe
Iran’s professed civilian nuclear energy programme is a
front for an effort to develop atomic weapons. Iran denies
it. The U.S., France and Britain, permanent members of the
Security Council, are pushing for tough sanctions. However,
they face stiff resistance from Russia and China, which hold
veto power, along with non-permanent members such as Turkey
In another development Brazilian President Luiz Inacio
Lula da Silva was due to arrive in Iran this weekend at the
head of a large delegation for a summit of developing
nations. Analysts say Lula hopes to broker a deal with Iran
to avoid a rancorous U.N. Security Council debate over
sanctions against the Islamic Republic and to bolster
Brazil’s diplomatic profile. President Lula was in Moscow
and met with the Russian leadership prior to his visit to
Teheran. Brazil’s new diplomatic moves to avoid sanctions
against Iran with the blessings of Russia come at a
sensitive moment when the US has expressed confidence that
it can garner enough support at the Security Council to
impose harsher sanctions against Iran.
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has warned that
Iranian President Ahmadinejad might use his talks with
Brazil to stall for time in order to move Iran closer to
developing a nuclear weapon. “We will not get any serious
response out of the Iranians until after the Security
Council acts,” she said Friday.
Also these manoeuvres have undermined the US status as
the sole super power calling the shots in the international
arena. Russia, which since the end of the cold war had been
voiceless in the international arena is making itself heard
as a relevant power once again while emerging nations such
as Brazil and Turkey have demonstrated that they too are not
willing to be mere proxies in important battles and wish to
play a more independent role on the world stage.
News in brief
Jakarta foils ‘assassination plot’
(Al-jazeera) – Indonesian police have uncovered a plot to
kill Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, the president, and other
senior government officials, authorities have said.
General Bambang Hendarso Danuri, the national police chief,
said on Friday that a group of attackers planned to launch
their assault during this year’s independence day ceremony
and declare an Islamic state.
“They were confident that all state officials and
dignitaries would be there,” he said.
“Killing all the state officials would have accelerated the
transition from a democracy to a state controlled by Islamic
Al Jazeera’s Step Vassen reporting from the Indonesian
capital of Jarkata, said: “It’s a very high-level and
Some of the information on the plot came from a series of
raids this week in and around Jakarta that yielded 20
arrests as well as a supply of assault rifles, ammunition,
telescopes and jihadist literature.
Chaos reigns in Kyrgyzstan
(Nytimes) – A chaotic day of deadly street violence in
southern Kyrgyzstan ended Friday with the interim
government’s retaking control of administration buildings in
two southern cities.
The buildings were overrun a day earlier by followers of the
former president,Kurmanbek Bakiyev, who was toppled in an
uprising a month ago. The interim government established in
the wake of that unrest has consolidated power in the
capital, Bishkek, but still has a tenuous hold on the south,
the homeland of Bakiyev.
At least one person was killed and 37 were wounded Friday in
exchanges of gunfire between supporters of Bakiyev and those
backing the interim government. Crowds on both sides
included dozens of armed men, witnesses said.
Ed Miliband to take on brother David in
(BBC NEWS) – Ed Miliband will stand for the Labour
leadership, the BBC has learned.
The former energy minister told members of his local
constituency party in Doncaster that he intends to run and
will announce it on Saturday morning.
His older brother David - the former foreign secretary - is
also standing for the post vacated by Gordon Brown.
Ed said he had thought long and hard about standing against
his older sibling, while David earlier insisted “brotherly
love will survive”.
The pair are the only two Labour MPs to have announced they
are standing for the party leadership.
Speaking before Ed confirmed his decision David Miliband
said he was “absolutely confident” the family could “remain
strong” whatever happened.
Ex-Schools Secretary Ed Balls and backbencher Jon Cruddas
have both indicated they are considering a bid.
Alan Johnson, Harriet Harman, Yvette Cooper and Jack Straw
have ruled themselves out of the race.
|2010 Thai political protest
The 2010 Thai political protests are an ongoing series of
protests against the ruling government in Thailand. The
protests are the result of an ongoing political crisis and
turned violent in March-May 2010.
Anger against Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva’s
government was high throughout 2009, with regular rumours of
a military coup. In February 2010, Abhisit tightened
security in anticipation of a controversial Supreme Court
ruling. When the February 26 ruling came, protest was
limited, but the National United Front of Democracy Against
Dictatorship (UDD) announced it would organise a March 14
protest and call for new elections. Abhisit further
tightened security in anticipation of the protest. The media
was censored, and radio stations and television stations
sympathetic to the protesters were shut down.
The March 14 protests were large and mostly peaceful, and
demanded the dissolution of Parliament and general
elections. The protests were based at Phan Fah bridge on
Ratchadamdoen Road and went on for several weeks. Dozens of
bombs were set off away from the main protest location, but
no one was injured and no arrests were made. Tensions rose
rapidly in early April, as protesters built barricades in
the Ratchaprasong commercial district of Bangkok, shutting
down commerce and traffic in the area. On April 8, Abhisit
declared a state of emergency in Bangkok. On April 10,
government troops attempted to disperse the protesters at
Phan Fah, resulting in the deaths of 24 people and injuries
to at least 800 others. Negotiations between the government
and the protesters failed to reach agreement on a date for
elections. On April 22, a series of grenade attacks killed
at least one person and injured 86 others. A UDD proposal to
hold elections in 3 months was rejected outright by Abhisit
on national TV. On April 28, Thai security forces and
anti-government protesters clashed on the outskirts of
Bangkok, with troops firing both over and then directly into
a crowd of Red Shirts to keep them from expanding their
demonstrations. At least 16 protesters were wounded and one
soldier was killed, although there were claims that the
death was due to friendly fire. On May 3, Abhisit announced
a reconciliatory roadmap which included elections on
November 14. The roadmap was tentatively accepted by the
protesters. However, tensions still escalated. On the
evening of Thursday May 13, Khattiya Sawasdiphol (“Seh Daeng”),
a prominent security advisor to the Red Shirts, was shot in
the head by what was apparently a sniper’s bullet while he
was giving an interview to the New York Times. The shooting
kicked off two nights of clashes between security forces and
the protesters, leading to at least 16 deaths and over a
hundred injuries by Saturday morning. The state of emergency
was expanded to 17 provinces nationwide.
|UK and US embassies shut down as
The British embassy in Bangkok
has temporarily closed following an upsurge of violence in
the Thai capital.
Quinton Quayle, the British Ambassador to Thailand, told the
BBC he was in the building and was monitoring the protests
taking place nearby.
He advised against all but essential travel to Bangkok and
Anti-government, red-shirted protesters have been occupying
parts of Bangkok since March, and a state of emergency has
been called in the capital.
Quayle told the BBC that the embassy was closed to the
public as the roads around the building had been blocked
He said: “We do have a team here in the embassy, and I’m one
of them, who are monitoring the situation, providing advice
to the British community, updating our travel advice and
generally trying to follow what is a fairly unpredictable
and tense situation.
“With outbreaks of violence happening in various parts of
Bangkok, it is difficult to keep track of it all.”
He advised Britons only to visit the capital if essential
and those already there should consider whether they should
be travelling around the city.
He said the embassy had been speaking to a number of
honorary consuls dotted around the country about the
protests but there had been no reports of “serious trouble”.
Meanwhile the U.S. embassy, located near the protest area,
has shut down, at least until Monday.
Since April 28, when it issued a travel alert, the State
Department has advised U.S. citizens to avoid all
non-essential travel to Thailand; some hotels in the capital
city have urged guests to relocate. – (BBC News)
|Libyan plane crash survivor told of
his family’s fate
Ruben van Assouw, the
nine-year-old Dutch boy who was the sole survivor of a plane
crash in Libya, has been told his parents and brother were
killed, his family has said.
“We have explained to Ruben exactly what happened,” said a
statement from the boy’s aunt and uncle read out to media in
Tripoli. “He knows that his parents and his brother are
The statement said the boy was doing well under the
circumstances and had seen the flowers and messages of
support sent to him.
“The time ahead will be a difficult period for us,” the
statement said. “We hope that the media will respect our
The boy, from the southern city of Tilburg, is recovering in
a Tripoli hospital after surgery on his smashed legs.
He had been returning from a safari holiday in South Africa
with his parents and 11-year-old brother, all of whom died
when an Afriqiyah Airways Airbus A330 from Johannesburg
disintegrated on landing on Wednesday.
Dutch officials also confirmed he will return home on
Saturday, accompanied by his aunt and uncle.
Earlier Ruben told a Dutch newspaper he was “fine” but could
remember nothing of the crash.
“My name is Ruben and I am from Holland,” Telegraaf
newspaper reported on a telephone conversation with the only
survivor of the Afriqiyah Airways Airbus A330 that
disintegrated on landing at Tripoli airport.
“I am fine, but my legs hurt a lot,” the boy said.
“I am in a hospital,” Ruben said. “I don’t know how I got
here, I don’t know anything more. I really want to go home.”