Italy plane in Beirut for anti-Syria bid
Syrian people hold posters of President Bashar al-Assad outside the foreign ministry in Damascus on November 14, 2011.
A Lebanese official says an Italian fighter jet carrying aid supplies for anti-Syrian insurgency elements has landed in the country's capital, Beirut.
The Secretary of the Leadership Committee of the Independent Nasserite Movement in Lebanon Mustafa Hamdan said on Tuesday that the military aircraft has arrived in Beirut airport in an effort to provide aid for what has been described as Syrian refugees, and the Italian Foreign Ministry had confirmed the news, according to IRNA.
He added that neither Lebanon's Prime Minister Najib Miqati, nor the health and foreign ministers were aware of the issue, adding that only a number of unknown individuals reported to be at the airport to receive the aircraft.
Stating that certain elements are making efforts to create instability in Lebanon, Hamdan criticized media silence in the country over the issue and said such efforts pose a serious threat to Lebanon's security and stability.
He added that these sorts of measures are carried out in line with insistence by US Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Jeffrey Feltman for the establishment of military bases in Lebanon to challenge Syria.
Elsewhere in his remarks, Hamdan blamed the Arab League for its stance toward Syria and emphasized that rather than perusing US plots against Syria, the Arab League should join efforts to resolve the Palestine issue.
On December 7, Feltman arrived in Beirut to hold talks with Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Miqati and other officials “on a range of issues, including the situation in Syria.
During a press conference in Beirut, he called on the Lebanese government to act within what he claimed as an “Arab and international consensus” regarding the situation in Syria.
Syria has been experiencing unrest since mid-March, with demonstrations being held both against and in favor of President Bashar al-Assad. Hundreds of people, including security forces, have been killed in the turmoil.
While the West and the Syrian opposition accuse the government of the killings, Damascus blames ''outlaws, saboteurs and armed terrorist groups'' for the unrest that erupted in mid-March, insisting that it is being orchestrated from abroad.
In interviews with Israeli news outlets over the past few months, the Syrian opposition members have clearly expressed their vision for the future of Syria and their interest in establishing ties with the Tel Aviv regime.
However, Syrian people have repeatedly expressed solidarity with the government. Figures show that during the past weeks, about 12 million people have demonstrated in support of al-Assad.