Syrian envoy says Israel supplying arms to rebels
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Last Updated: Tuesday, March 13, 2012, 00:09
Geneva: Syria's envoy to the United Nations in Geneva has accused Israel of supplying arms to rebels fighting to overthrow the government of President Bashar Assad.

Ambassador Fayssal al-Hamwi told a meeting of the UN Human Rights Council Monday that Israeli weapons were being funneled to opposition groups and foreign fighters linked to al Qaeda.

Al-Hamwi was responding to a UN-commissioned expert report that found "widespread and systematic violations" against civilians in the Syrian government's violent crackdown on opposition groups.

The UN expert panel's chairman, Brazilian professor Paulo Sergio Pinheiro, says civilians have died due to the government's obstruction of humanitarian aid.

The Red Cross is still waiting for unimpeded access to areas affected by fighting.


First Published: Tuesday, March 13, 2012, 00:09

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