Turkey uses ambulances to smuggle weapons into Syria: MP


Syrian insurgents load a wounded person into an ambulance during clashes with government forces in Aleppo on August 7, 2012.

Syrian insurgents load a wounded person into an ambulance during clashes with government forces in Aleppo on August 7, 2012.
A Turkish opposition lawmaker has accused the government of using ambulances to smuggle arms and ammunitions into Syria to be used by the country’s insurgents in their war against the government.

Mevlut Dudu of the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) said he has made the observation during a recent visit to an area near the border with Syria.

During the visit, villagers informed him how Turkish ambulances are used to carry weapons to insurgents fighting the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, and carry out injured armed men on their way back.

Dudu said some village houses on the border are being used as military bases against the Syrian government forces. He further expressed surprise at the sight of Turkey’s military support for the anti-Damascus armed gangs in the region.

“If true, it is absolutely unacceptable,” Dudu stated, warning Ankara of the dire consequences of such acts of aggression against Damascus.
The Turkish MP also held Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan accountable for leading the country into a predicament by meddling in Syria’s internal affairs.
On Wednesday, some Turkey’s media published pictures of 10 Turkish troops fighting alongside insurgents in Syria’s port city of Latakia. US media have also said some 600 anti-Syria Caucasian militia forces have entered the crisis-hit country via Turkey.
Damascus has accused several regional countries including Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar of funding and supplying weapons to armed gangs in the country.
On Tuesday, more than 100 Turkish troops armed with thermal rockets and sophisticated weaponry on briefly entered the town of Cerablos in Syria’s Kurdish region of Kobani.

A spokesman for the Kurdish militias in the border towns of Kobani and Efrin has also confirmed the role of Turkish forces in supplying arms and ammunition to anti-Syria insurgents, while media say some 40 Turkish troops are being held in custody inside Syria.

Last week, the Turkish Army staged tank exercises in the Nusaybin district of Mardin province, just two kilometers away from the Syrian border.
The NBC News also reported on July 31 that nearly two dozen MANPADs (man-portable air-defense systems) have been delivered to the insurgents in Syria by Turkey.
CHP leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu had earlier warned the government against dragging the country in the “Middle Eastern quagmire” by its aggressive stance against Syria.

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