Monday, October 17, 2011

The Usual Suspects Get Bagged

Syria seizes Israeli weapons

"The Syrian security forces have seized Israeli weapons from armed groups responsible for the killing of hundreds of people across the country.

The Syrian envoy to the Arab League (AL) made this announcement at an emergency meeting at the 22-member body's headquarters in the Egyptian capital Cairo on Sunday.

Youssef Ahmad said, "They are Israeli made automatic weapons. This is proven and we'll show it on TV channels," Syrian state television reported.

“These are the weapons used by the armed opposition to kill the sons of our nation.”

Not one Arab country has condemned Tel Aviv's role in the internal violence in Syria or censured the killings of members of the Syrian Armed Forces in the unrest, Ahmad noted.

In addition, the envoy called on the Arab nations not to join, what he referred to as, a United States-backed plan to target Syria.

The meeting came amid continued tension in Syria, which has been raging on since mid-March, leaving hundreds of casualties, including members of the security forces.

The Syrian government blames outlaws, saboteurs, and armed terrorists for the violence.

Damascus says that the unrest is being orchestrated from outside the country and that the security forces have been given clear instructions not to harm civilians.

The Syrian and Lebanese authorities have recurrently intercepted weapon shipments, while they were being smuggled into the country amid the tension.

The last of the consignments, which had been loaded onto two cars, consisted of rocket-propelled grenades, Kalashnikov rifles, pump-action shotguns, sniper rifles, pistols, and various types of ammunition.

Peter Harling, a Damascus-based expert with the Brussels-headquartered International Crisis Group said, "Smuggling networks that for years have operated along Syria's borders seem to have turned to weapons trafficking in recent months."

He added that it appeared that a market had quickly developed in a country, where weapons were not being circulated easily before."


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