BERLIN - Germany is helping Syrian rebels by providing them with information gathered by a German navy vessel off the coast of Syria, a newspaper said on Sunday, without citing sources.
Germany's Bild am Sonntag said the boat had spying equipment from the German intelligence service on board, enabling it to observe Syrian troop movements up to 600 km inland.
Information on the military operations of Syrian President Bashar Assad's troops that is collected by the ship is passed on to US and British secret services, who then give it to the Free Syrian Army, Bild said.
A spokesman for the German Defense Ministry said a German navy ship equipped with telecommunications and reconnaissance technology that normally patrols the international waters of the eastern Mediterranean was in a harbor in Sardinia.
Ships of this type are used to collect information but the ministry would not comment on details, he said.