Turkey deputy: Turkish weapons being smuggled to Syria

Turkey has emerged as one of the primary states to oppose current Syrian regime and has urged Bashar Al-Assad to step down and finish the violence against Syrians. A shocking claim came from Turkey’s main opposition group, that Turkey supports Syria with guns

Syria Turkey Relations / Gun smuggling through no-man's-land

Syria Turkey Relations / Gun smuggling through no-man's-land

Turkey has emerged as one of the primary states to oppose current Syrian regime and has urged Bashar Al-Assad to step down and finish the violence against Syrians. A shocking claim came from Turkey’s main opposition group, that Turkey supports Syria with guns.

Ankara / NationalTurk – Many firearms from Turkey have entered Syria, and the Turkish government has stopped alleged arms-smuggling activities at a border post between the two countries, a Turkish opposition deputy from CHP,  Republican People’s Party stated.

” Many Turkish-made firearms are used in Syria,” Mehmet Ali Ediboglu, a deputy from the southern province of Hatay, which borders Syria, informed in a telephone interview. “I don’t know how they got into the country, smuggling is the first answer comes to mind.”

Syria Turkey Relations / Gun smuggling through no-man’s-land

Mehmet Ali Ediboglu, a member of the Republican People’s Party (CHP), Turkey’s main opposition group, had visited Syria in September with a delegation of his party. He said Syrian officials presented what they said was evidence of arms smuggling at the Cilvegozu border gate in Hatay. Trucks full of weapons had allegedly been unloaded in the no-man’s-land between the Turkish and the Syrian control points, he said.

“The Syrians said the arms ended up with the Muslim Brotherhood,” an Islamic group opposing the regime of Bashar Al Assad, the Syrian president, Ediboglu claimed.

Syrian government has accused the US of supporting the Muslim Brotherhood. Turkey has condemned the Syrian regime’s use of force against a seven-month-old uprising and has given political support to the Syrian opposition.

CHP deputy Ediboglu stated that the CHP informed Ankara about the Syrian accusations and that he went to the Cilvegozu border gate to check. “Some people there used the no-man’s-land to get cheap petrol from sellers in Syria, and they said they saw trucks unloading some containers.”

He said the Turkish government later ended the illegeal practice by enforcing a no-stop rule for vehicles in the no-man’s-land.

Turkish government haven’t responded yet to Ediboglu’s allegations, which came as a Syrian military deserter said Turkey should step up its support for opposition forces Damascus.

Col Riyad Al Asaad, a military officer who fled to Turkey this year, told NationalTurk that Syrian opposition forces known as the “Free Syrian Army” had 15,000 men that operated inside Syria in 22 different units.

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