Smugglers Do a Roaring Trade Selling Guns to Syrian Rebels

(Guardian-UK) Ghaith Abdul-Ahad - In southern Syria the weapons come from Lebanon. In the north, they are flowing in from Turkey and Iraq. Since the Syrian uprising began new business opportunities have opened up for smugglers. "Now we only do weapons," said one smuggler. "Three shipments per day." "The last time the army attacked Benish there were 30 Kalashnikovs in the town," said Abu Salim. "Now we have more than 600." In this part of Syria, the young men tell how they have sold their wives' jewelry, their cars and even their furniture to buy weapons and ammunition.

2011-12-13 00:00:00

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