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‘Saudi weapons’ found at Syrian rebels’ base

Last Updated: Tuesday, October 9, 2012 - 13:32

London: Weapons and ammunitions that were actually intended for the Saudi military have allegedly been diverted to Syrian rebels, a new investigative report has revealed.

The BBC News has reportedly uncovered evidence, which claim that three crates from an arms manufacturer addressed to Saudi Arabia, have been seen in a base being used by rebel fighters in the city of Aleppo.

According to the report, the crates of ammunition found in an Aleppo mosque were made by the Ukrainian firm Dastan, Luhansk Cartridge Works (LCW), founded in 1895 and specialises in naval weapons and missile complexes.

In Soviet times, the factory mainly supplied cartridges for army use but eventually diversified into sports and hunting markets. One of its key exports is the 7.62mm cartridge used in the AK-47 semi-automatic rifle, which is used by both the Syrian army and rebels, the report said.

How the small crates reached Aleppo is currently unknown, and the BBC was not allowed to film their contents, the report added.

Saudi Arabian officials refused to comment on the matter.


First Published: Tuesday, October 9, 2012 - 13:32

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