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Court Case Reveals Turkey Arms Flow To Syrian Rebels

The transfer of Turkish weapons to the Free Syrian Army is documented in a court case in Hatay.
Improvised mortar shells that are colored are seen inside a box at a weapons factory in Aleppo September 4, 2013. REUTERS/Hamid Khatib  (SYRIA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT) - RTX1372R

“To tell the truth, it’s a flat lie when the state claims it does not help provide the opposition with weapons,” Cihat Acikalin, a lawyer in the Turkey-Syria border town Reyhanli, told Al-Monitor.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan rejected all conjecture regarding the transfer of weapons to the Syrian opposition through Turkey as recently as May 10. Erdogan stressed that Turkey only provides humanitarian help by opening its borders to nearly 300,000 refugees, costing the country roughly $1 billion.

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