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Russia Accuses Libya Of Training Syrian Rebels


Russian Ambassador to the UN Vitaly Churkin (in file photo) leveled the allegation during a Security Council meeting on March 7.

Russian Ambassador to the UN Vitaly Churkin (in file photo) leveled the allegation during a Security Council meeting on March 7.

Russia has accused Libya of running a training center for Syrian rebels battling forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad.

Russian Ambassador to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin leveled the allegation during a UN Security Council meeting on March 7.

He told the council that Moscow has information that in Libya “there is a special training center for the Syrian revolutionaries and people are sent to Syria to attack the legal government."

Churkin said that “this activity” is “undermining stability in the Middle East."

Russia has consistently rejected Arab and Western overtures aimed at curbing the bloodshed in Syria that the UN says has killed well over 7,500 people, including many hundreds of children, as Assad's forces counter Arab Spring-style protests and insurrection that broke out a year ago.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon recently expressed alarm at reports coming from the Syrian flash-point city of Homs that suggested Syrian government forces were arbitrarily executing, imprisoning, and torturing people.

With AFP and Reuters reporting

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