Largest Shipload of Libyan Weapons Heading to Armed Groups in Syria
LONDON : The British newspaper The Times revealed that the largest shipment of weapons has arrived in Turkey to be delivered to the armed groups in Syria.
“A Libyan ship carrying the largest consignment of weapons for Syria…has docked in Turkey,” said The Times in an article published on Friday.
Quoting a member of the so-called `Free Syrian Army´, who called himself Abu Mohammad, the article said that the over 400 ton cargo included ´SAM-7 surface-to air anti aircraft missiles and rocket-propelled grenades (RPG`s)´
Abu Mohammad, who told The Times that he “helped to move the shipment from warehouse to border” said “this is the largest single delivery of assistance” the gunmen have so far received.
The article said the Libyan ship, which is called ´The Intisaar´(victory), is berthed at the Turkish port of Iskenderun and had been given “papers stamped by the port authority by the ship´s captain, Omar Mousaeeb.”
The article pointed out hat Mousaeeb is “a Libyan from Benghazi and the head of an organization called the Libyan Council for Relief and Support,” which is delivering supplies to the armed groups in Syria.
Mousaeeb ascribed the defeats of these groups in Syria to the lack of weapons, adding however that “we now see there is even more they need.”
The British newspaper highlighted differences between the Muslim Brotherhood movement in Syria and the so-called Free Army over claiming the cargo for themselves, which “delayed the arrival of the weapons in Syria.”
The article revealed that videos and photos confirmed the arrival of the shipment to the Syrian border and that “more than 80 per cent of the ship´s cargo…has been moved into Syria.”
According to the article, huge weapons stockpiles went missing in Libya after the killing of Colonel Muammar Ghaddafi, referring to photographs of empty boxes of SAM-7s and confirmations by Libyan officials that more than 5.000 of the missiles had vanished.”
The Times affirmed that this is not the first time that Libyan ships try to deliver weapons to the armed terrorist groups in Syria, referring to “a large consignment of Libyan weapons, including RPGs and heavy ammunition”, which was seized by the Lebanese authorities in the Lebanese northern territorial waters as it was ment to reach the gunmen in Syria.
Syrian Arab News Agency SANA
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Finally, it seems worth mentioning that every single of the approximatly 20.000 SAM-7 surface-to-air missiles that “went missing” in Libya, many of which are now distributed among everything between Muslim Brothers to Al-Qaeda associated ragtag rebels from throughout the world is capable of bringing down a civilian airliner. Happy Journey next time you book a flight.
Christof Lehmann – nsnbc