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Syrian opposition urges EU to supply rebels with arms

Last Updated: Wednesday, May 29, 2013 - 13:27

Zee Media Bureau

Beirut: After Wednesday’s decision by the European Union to remove the arms embargo on the Syrian rebels, the country’s main opposition is urging the EU to supply the rebels with arms to fight against President Bashar al-Assad’s forces.

The Wednesday’s decision cleared the way for the countries in the EU to send arms to the outgunned Syrian rebels.

But the decision may have little impact on Syria`s 2-year-old conflict, since no single European country is expected to sendlethal weapons to the rebels in the coming weeks.
A Syrian National Coalition statement urged the EU to promptly send "specialized weaponry to repel the fierce attacks waged against unarmed civilians" by Assad`s regime and its Hezbollah and Iranian allies.
More than 70,000 people have been killed in the Syrian civil war.

(With agency inputs)

First Published: Wednesday, May 29, 2013 - 13:09
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