UN: Weapons being smuggled between Lebanon, Syria

By REUTERS
May 9, 2012 06:47

UNITED NATIONS - Weapons are being smuggled both ways between Lebanon and Syria, where a 14-month popular uprising has brought the country to the brink of civil war, the United Nations said on Tuesday.

Syria has repeatedly said weapons are being smuggled over its border from Lebanon and other countries to arm rebels fighting President Bashar Assad in the conflict. Western diplomats and UN officials say that although the rebels have received some weapons they remain severely outgunned.

Security forces killed at least 10 people in fighting across Syria on Tuesday, activists said, as international mediator Kofi Annan, the Red Cross and Arab League warned the country was descending into civil war.

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