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News number: 8903191388

18:26 | 2010-06-09

Defence

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Commander: Bahrain Not to Allow Israel's Presence in Territorial Waters

TEHRAN (FNA)- Commander in Chief of Bahrain's Defense Forces Sheikh bin Ahmad Al-Khalifa reiterated on Wednesday that Manama will never allow Israel to deploy its forces and military equipment in its territorial waters.



The issue was raised in a meeting between Khalifa and Iranian Ambassador to Manama Hossein Amir Abdollahian during which the Bahraini official dismissed some media reports that the Israeli regime has sent a number of its submarines on a mission near Iran's territorial waters in the Persian Gulf.

"We view the Zionist regime as our enemy and the enemy of all Muslim world. Bahrain in no way allows Tel Aviv (military forces) to be present in its territorial waters," Khalifa stressed.

Some media outlets had earlier reported that Israel had sent three German-made submarines with nuclear cruise missiles to the Persian Gulf near the Iranian coastline.

The Bahraini commander described release of such news as "means of psychological war".

He also reiterated that the Zionist regime is the main cause of insecurity in the region, and said the regime's illegitimate movements and unbalanced behavior with the world people as well as the violation of international laws by attacking a Gaza-bound aid convoy all show Israel's fears and concerns.

Witnesses of Israel's last week raid on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla said over 100 Israeli soldiers supported by military choppers boarded a Turkish ship that was leading the six-ship convoy in international waters.

The Israeli commandoes killed 20 international human rights activists and wounded 80 more. Nine of the victims were Turkish nationals. Some members of the European parliaments, former western diplomats, reporters and human rights activists were among the victims of Israel's brutal act.