Arab Today, arab today syria clashes rage as opposition appeals for arms
Last Updated : GMT 13:41:06
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today

Syria clashes rage as opposition appeals for arms

Arab Today, arab today

Arab Today, arab today Syria clashes rage as opposition appeals for arms

Damascus - AFP

Syria\'s new opposition chief on Tuesday called on world powers to arm President Bashar al-Assad\'s foes, as Arab and EU leaders urged his coalition to seek broader support inside the war-torn country. While fierce clashes raged across the country, France joined Arab states of the Gulf in pushing for international recognition of the newly-formed opposition alliance. National Coalition leader Ahmed Moaz al-Khatib urged world powers to arm rebels with \"specialised weapons\" as they desperately needed arms to \"cut short the suffering of the Syrians and their bloodshed.\" His organisation, formed on Sunday after marathon meetings in Qatar, was representative of most opposition groups, he also told AFP. \"Many groups have joined. Some have reservations, and we are in touch with everyone. The vast majority has joined. It is the strongest coalition and represents Syria internally,\" he said in a telephone interview in Cairo. Earlier on Tuesday, Khatib met French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius at a Cairo hotel. Fabius and European Union chief Catherine Ashton have expressed support for the National Coalition but have stopped short of formal recognition, a move that could facilitate more aid to the rebels. The French minister later said his country would play a leading role in seeking recognition for the National Coalition. \"Our hope is that the different countries recognise the Syrian National Coalition as the legitimate representative of the Syrian people... France\'s role is to make that hope possible,\" he reporters in Cairo. European Union foreign ministers meeting in Cairo welcomed the bloc and urged it to bring in more regime dissenters. \"We want to see that they have support inside Syria. That is a very crucial consideration, British Foreign Secretary William Hague told reporters. The six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council has already recognised the National Coalition as \"the Syrian people\'s legitimate representative.\" The 22-member League, however, has stopped short of granting the bloc full recognition, stating only that it saw the alliance as \"the legitimate representative of the Syrian opposition\". It called on the rest of the opposition to join. The United States has declared its backing for the coalition, while Damascus ally Moscow has urged the opposition to drop its refusal to negotiate with the Assad regime. Iran, meanwhile, said it will bring parties to the Syrian conflict to Tehran on Sunday to participate in a \"national dialogue.\" -- Fierce battles -- On the ground, fierce battles and army shelling in Damascus province on Tuesday killed more than 40 people, most of them civilians, while warplanes again bombed Ras al-Ain, a strategic town on the Turkish border, a watchdog said. The fighting in the Eastern Ghuta area east of Damascus came after rebels launched an attack on public buildings in the area, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. The army used tanks to shell several towns east of Damascus, including Harasta, Zabadani and Irbin, killing at least seven civilians including an unknown number of women and children, the Observatory said. The Syrian Observatory also reported fresh air raids on Ras al-Ain, in northeastern Syria on the border with Turkey, and said 1,000 government troops had been sent to the town. The air strikes have sent a new wave of civilians pouring into Turkey, adding to the 9,000 refugees who fled late last week when rebels overran the town, an AFP photographer said. In other violence, the army shelled rebel positions in the southern province of Daraa, in the central province of Homs, in Idlib in the northwest and in the northern city of Aleppo, said the Observatory. At least 106 people were killed on Tuesday across Syria -- 41 civilians, 33 rebels and 32 soldiers -- said the Observatory, which relies for its information on a network of activists, lawyers and medics. The watchdog has given an overall death toll of more than 37,000 since the revolt broke out in March 2011. The Syrian Arab Red Crescent, meanwhile, estimates that at least 2.5 million people have been internally displaced by the conflict, the United Nations said on Tuesday.

Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

Arab Today, arab today syria clashes rage as opposition appeals for arms Arab Today, arab today syria clashes rage as opposition appeals for arms

 



Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Fadi explains secrets of  Nancy Ajram's newlook

GMT 18:23 2017 Friday ,24 February

Fadi explains secrets of  Nancy Ajram's newlook
Arab Today, arab today Tourist guide explains types of tourism

GMT 18:28 2017 Saturday ,25 February

Tourist guide explains types of tourism
Arab Today, arab today Expresses Algerian history by woody figures

GMT 13:26 2017 Friday ,24 February

Expresses Algerian history by woody figures
Arab Today, arab today Iran complying with nuclear deal

GMT 07:14 2017 Saturday ,25 February

Iran complying with nuclear deal
Arab Today, arab today Ayat Abaza says state TV presented major stars

GMT 03:52 2017 Sunday ,26 February

Ayat Abaza says state TV presented major stars

GMT 17:56 2017 Saturday ,25 February

Death toll of Homs twin attacks rises to 42

GMT 16:52 2017 Saturday ,25 February

Homs suicide bombings death toll hits 20

GMT 16:41 2017 Saturday ,25 February

Twin suicide bombing hit security bases in Homs

GMT 16:36 2017 Saturday ,25 February

Clashes, bombardement kill 122 across Syria

GMT 15:15 2017 Saturday ,25 February

deash rocket fire damages key gas plant in central Syria

GMT 12:46 2017 Saturday ,25 February

At least 60 killed in blast near Syria's al-Bab

GMT 11:30 2017 Saturday ,25 February

Iraq air force strikes ISIL targets in Syria
View News in Arabic - Country: سوريا
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Reading therapy relieves mental disorders

GMT 15:39 2017 Friday ,24 February

Reading therapy relieves mental disorders
Arab Today, arab today UK appoints 1st Scotland Yard chief in 188 years

GMT 05:14 2017 Thursday ,23 February

UK appoints 1st Scotland Yard chief in 188 years
Arab Today, arab today Penguins in the age of dinos

GMT 11:44 2017 Saturday ,25 February

Penguins in the age of dinos
Arab Today, arab today Pluto's unruly moons

GMT 06:31 2015 Thursday ,04 June

Pluto's unruly moons
Arab Today, arab today 'Constructive' Vauxhall talk with union

GMT 08:54 2017 Saturday ,25 February

'Constructive' Vauxhall talk with union
Arab Today, arab today Tesla back into red but revenue grows

GMT 07:27 2017 Thursday ,23 February

Tesla back into red but revenue grows
Arab Today, arab today Ola Ghanem hopes to work with M.Ramadan

GMT 07:23 2017 Friday ,24 February

Ola Ghanem hopes to work with M.Ramadan
Arab Today, arab today Ex-yoga missionary unleashes rage

GMT 12:16 2017 Thursday ,23 February

Ex-yoga missionary unleashes rage

GMT 06:08 2017 Thursday ,23 February

Actress Lobna Abdel Aziz proud of her career

GMT 12:35 2017 Tuesday ,21 February

63-Year-Old Woman Delivers Baby

GMT 22:42 2017 Thursday ,23 February

Nasima Gamei revives heritage in jewelries

GMT 10:28 2017 Wednesday ,22 February

Milan laughs while Rome cries

GMT 20:33 2017 Friday ,17 February

To release new antiques collection

GMT 10:20 2017 Thursday ,23 February

Brazil's top diplomat resigns

GMT 11:54 2017 Thursday ,23 February

Saudis await visitors but will they come?

GMT 13:12 2015 Saturday ,09 May

Sheikh Sultan opens Sharjah Centre

GMT 20:02 2017 Tuesday ,21 February

Nohan Seyam designs beautiful accessories
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
 
 Arab Today Facebook,arab today facebook  Arab Today Twitter,arab today twitter Arab Today Rss,arab today rss  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday
بناية النخيل - رأس النبع _ خلف السفارة الفرنسية _بيروت - لبنان
arabstoday, Arabstoday, Arabstoday