Syrian Brotherhood calls on West to deliver rebel arms

By REUTERS
July 7, 2013 17:07

BEIRUT - The Syrian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood called on Sunday for the United States and Europe to deliver the rebels promised military support after the opposition's National Coalition voted in a new president and ended a months-long leadership vacuum.

The United States has signaled it is ready to send arms to the rebels, in addition to humanitarian and non-lethal military aid already in the millions of dollars. Its Gulf allies Qatar and Saudi Arabia are already sending in arms.

But there have been no confirmed reports of shipments reaching Syria from its hesitant Western backers.

"We feel abandoned and disappointed that the United States and Europe have backed down from their position regarding arming the Free Syrian Army and we call on the international community to fulfill its obligations," said a statement posted by the Brotherhood on Twitter.


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