Lebanon nabs arms smugglers to Syria
The file photo shows a number of smuggled weapons to Syria
Lebanese security forces have arrested two Syrian men involved in smuggling weapons to the neighboring country, Press TV reports.
Lebanese security sources stated Tuesday that the two smugglers were members of a ring that receives money from Syrian opposition groups based in an Arab country of the Persian Gulf to buy weapons on black market, a Press TV correspondent in Beirut reported.
One smuggler was apprehended on Sunday and the second on Tuesday.
The security sources added that the smugglers transported the weapons close to the Syrian border in eastern Lebanon and then handed them over to other groups of smugglers that transferred the arms to troubled spots in Syria.
On October 16, Syrian ambassador told an Arab League meeting in the Egyptian capital Cairo that his country's security forces have seized Israeli weapons trafficked through Lebanon.
Youssef Ahmad said, "They are Israeli made automatic weapons,” which are used by the “armed opposition to kill the sons of our nation.”
Syria has been the scene of what many observers believe to be foreign-manufactured political unrest since mid-March, with demonstrations being held both against and in support of President Assad.
Damascus says the unrest has been largely orchestrated by elements that are well-paid and armed by foreign powers. Hundreds of people, including members of the security forces, have been killed in the turmoil.
The United Nations says 3,000 people, many of them members of the security forces, have been killed during the unrest.