Syrian envoy: Largest amount of smuggled arms coming from Lebanon

Syrian Ambassador to Lebanon Ali Abdel Karim Ali on Tuesday expressed regret that “the larges amount of smuggled arms is coming from a brethren country, Lebanon.”

“Smuggling arms and armed men, hosting deserters and mercenaries does not reflect a policy of disassociation,” Ali told Al-Manar television station.

He also said that “nourishing terrorist acts by smuggling arms and providing help to the ‘so-called Free Syrian Army’ harms the ties between Lebanon and Syria.”

The Syrian regime blames "terrorist gangs on foreign payroll" for the popular unrest that has swept the country since mid-March, with the United Nations estimating that at least 5,400 people have been killed in the crackdown on dissent.

Lebanon’s political scene is split between supporters of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, led by Hezbollah, and the pro-Western March 14 camp.

-NOW Lebanon

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