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Enlarge font size Reduce font size The Times: Largest Shipload of Libyan Weapons Heading to Armed Groups in Syria

The British newspaper The Times revealed that a largest shipment of weapons has arrived in Turkey to be delivered to the armed groups in Syria.

"A Libyan ship carrying the largest consignment of weapons for Syria…has docked in Turkey," said The Times in an article published on Friday.

The article's writer, Sheera Frenkel, said most of the Libyan ship's cargo is making its way to the armed terrorist groups inside Syria.

Quoting a member of the so-called 'Free Syrian Army', who called himself Abu Mohammad, the article said the over 400 ton cargo included "SAM-7 surface-to-air anti-craft missiles and rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs)."

Abu Mohammad, who told The Times that he "helped to move the shipment from warehouses to the border" said "this is the largest single delivery of assistance" the gunmen have so far received.

The article said the Libyan ship, which is called 'The Intisaar' (victory), is berthed at the Turkish port of Iskenderun and had been given "papers stamped by the port authority by the ship's captain, Omar Mousaeeb."

The article pointed out that Mousaeeb is "a Libyan from Benghazi and the head of an organization called the Libyan National Council for Relief and Support," which is delivering supplies to the armed groups in Syria.

Mouaseeb ascribed the defeats of these groups in Syria to the lack of weapons, adding however that "we now see there is even more they need."

The British newspaper highlighted differences between the Muslim Brotherhood movement in Syria and the so-called Free Army over each claiming the cargo for themselves, which "delayed the arrival of the weapons in Syria."

The article revealed that videos and photos confirmed the arrival of the shipment to the Syrian border and that "more than 80 per cent of the ship's cargo…has been moved into Syria."

According to the article, huge weapons stockpiles went missing in Libya after the killing of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, referring to photographs of empty boxes of SAM-7S and confirmations by Libyan officials that "more than 5,000 of the missiles had vanished."

The Times affirmed that this is not the first time that Libyan ships try to deliver weapons to the armed terrorist groups in Syria, referring to "a large consignment of Libyan weapons, including PRGs and heavy ammunition," which was seized by the Lebanese authorities in the Lebanese northern territorial waters as it was mend to reach the gunmen in Syria.

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