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Saturday, 17 February, 2001, 22:37 GMT
Mid East reacts to Iraq bombing
Baghdad demonstation
The bombing provoked anger in the Arab world
Middle Eastern states reacted with indignation to the air strikes on Iraq, with Iran describing them as Washington's warning to the region. The following are a selection of quotes:

Egyptian Foreign Minister Amr Musa:

"We can neither accept it nor understand its objectives. These objectives conflict with Iraq's security and territorial integrity."

Syrian government statement:

"This action defies the feelings of the Arab nation at a time when Israel escalates its aggression against the defenceless Palestinian people and while the United States fails to do anything to stop this aggression."

Jordan demonstration
Demonstrators in Amman burn American and Israel flags
Jordanian Foreign Minister Abd-al-Ilah al-Khatib:

"The use of force will only complicate matters in the entire region."

Iranian state radio:

"Arab countries which appear to be America's allies benefit from America's support as long as they act within the policies dictated to them by Washington. Otherwise, they have to face America's wrath and anger."

Algerian Foreign Ministry official Abdelhamid Bouzaher:

"Of course we condemn such behaviour... Such behaviour will not resolve a complicated problem like this."

Tunisian Foreign Ministry:

"Tunisia... expresses its great concern over this operation... particularly at a time when Iraq has been getting ready to engage in a comprehensive dialogue with the UN secretary-general."

Libyan Government statement:

"The Great Jamahiriyah [Libya]... reiterates its denunciation of this aggression and it reaffirms its support for, and solidarity with, sister Iraq in confronting it."

Lebanese state radio:

"The new US administration's method of dealing with the Iraqi issue - a method condemned by several countries."

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