ANNA-News was able to film a seized shipment of arms with Belgian assault rifles of the type FN FAL. By the way, this assault rifle still has the cute nickname “right hand of democracy” from the 1960’s.
If one considers that the supply of guns without proper ammunition is useless, it is sure that a few more containers with appropriate ammunition are on the way.
The Syrian army mainly uses caliber 7.62 x39, while the Belgian FN FAL rifles need the NATO standard caliber 7.62 x51, and so, one is not able to capture the needed ammunition from the ammunition depots of the Syrian army.
Source of very short video report: ANNA-News – published on 07/03/2012. The video report by ANNA-News is below of the translation of the transcript.
A few days ago, in the province of Latakia, the Syrian authorities were able to confiscate several bags containing a total of nearly one hundred Belgian FN FAL assault rifles. This type guns were not in Syria until now, so that one can say, that these are smuggled weapons.The FN FAL assault rifle was, among others, in the armed forces of several NATO countries and Israel in use, including Belgium, Canada, Germany and others.
(Note: The so-called FAL (Light Automatic Rifle) is a self-loading, selective fire battle rifle which was produced by the Belgian armaments manufacturer Fabrique Nationale de Herstal (FN). It is one of the most widely used rifles in history that was used by over 90 countries. A large amount of NATO countries bought this FN FAL assault rifles in the times of the Cold War.)
Sake of balance, it must be noted that the Belgian assault rifle was also used by a number of countries in Latin America and Africa, but it is unlikely that the arms shipments to the armed rebels in Syria come from Brazil or South Africa.
Considering the various news of European-made weapons in the hands of the armed rebels, such as the recent information about the hand grenades from Switzerland, which got out to the public, so it is only logical to assume that these confiscated delivery of arms either comes from Israel or that it comes from a European NATO country.
That foreign mercenaries, also from Western countries, are fighting in Syria, there is as yet only indirect evidence. In a farmhouse near the Syrian city of Homs, for example, an entire family was wiped out in cold blood by unknown.
Afterwards, in one room of the house, they have found cleaning patches (felt for cleaning) and expensive chemicals that are intended for cleaning of precision weapons. It is to doubt, that somebody from the armed Syrian opposition uses such means for the cleaning of his guns.
Olga Kulygina, ANNA-News. Damascus, Syria.