UN: Arms flowing to both sides in Syrian conflict

 Damaged entrance of a mosque in Homs after fighting between Syrian rebel fighters and Bashar al-Assad's forces.
Damaged entrance of a mosque in Homs after fighting between Syrian rebel fighters and Bashar al-Assad's forces. Credit: Reuters

The Syrian government and the rebels are receiving more and more weapons, which is fueling violence in a 16-month conflict that the United Nations says has killed more than 10,000 people, UN human rights chief Navi Pillay said.

"The ongoing provision of arms to the Syrian government and to its opponents feeds additional violence," Pillay said in the written text of remarks she made to the UN Security Council, obtained by Reuters. "Any further militarization of the conflict must be avoided at all costs."

She did not say where the weapons were coming from, though Russia and Iran are among the Syrian government's key suppliers. UN diplomats say Qatar and Saudi Arabia have been transferring arms to Syria's increasingly militarized opposition.

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