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    Iran anger at Lebanon aid block http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/5215160.stm Turkey and Saudi Arabia have stopped Iran using their air space to send
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      Iran anger at Lebanon aid 'block'
      http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/5215160.stm


      Turkey and Saudi Arabia have stopped Iran using their
      air space to send humanitarian relief to Lebanon,
      media in Iran have said.

      Iran's health ministry has been collecting supplies to
      send to the Lebanese people, the reports said.

      But the goods had to be sent via Dubai to Syria
      because of objections by other countries in the
      region.

      This may fuel Iranian anger against nations they feel
      have not done enough to support Hezbollah against
      Israel.

      'Passivity'

      Iran's Labour news agency quotes the head of the
      country's emergency services as complaining that
      Turkish officials prevented Iran from using their air
      space for humanitarian aid destined for Lebanon.

      The same official said three Iranian ambulances had
      already been despatched to Lebanon and soon another 20
      would follow.

      Another news agency quotes the security chief of
      Iran's health ministry as saying both Turkey and Saudi
      Arabia had prevented Iran from using their air space
      for three plane-loads of medicine.

      The Iranian health ministry says it sent a group of
      health experts to Lebanon to assess the situation but
      Hezbollah has told the group it has enough food and
      medicine to last for five months.

      Iran has already complained bitterly about Arab
      countries like Saudi Arabia, Jordan and the Gulf
      states which it says have caused divisions in the
      Muslim world and failed to do enough to support
      Hezbollah.

      Daily newspaper editorials bemoan what they call the
      passivity of Arab leaders.

      The speaker of the Iranian parliament recently called
      on Arab people in those countries to rise up against
      their governments.

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