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Syria rebels use PlayStation controllers to fire mortar rounds report

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As the Free Syrian Army is lacking ammunition and anti-craft weaponry, they are determined to mark victory to their battle against Syrian president Bashar al-Assad. Such determination resulted in creating homemade weapons created out of any materials they can muster, according to a report published by the Daily Mail on Tuesday.

Amongst the homemade weapons are various explosives, a hand-grenade and a portable rocket-launcher, in addition to a PlayStation controller used to fire mortar rounds.

Abu al-Fadhel, a former scientific researcher, along with other technicians are capable of producing hundreds of weapons daily.

He recalled how he was an explosive engineer for the Syrian Arab Army, under the rule of late Syrian president Hafez al-Assad in the 1970s. Since the Syrian revolution started 19 months ago, the man joined the rebels to overthrow the Syrian regime.

In an interview with AFP, Abu al-Fadhel said: “I did not decide to make rockets or weapons only, I decided to fight this tyrant and unjust ruler who is raining shells on his people, who killed our children and displaced our women.”

He explained that the reason rebels took on creating weapons is the result of the lack in foreign aid. The homemade weapons are not perfect and can miss their targets sometimes, he said. These arms have been fired all the way to Homs, another majorly affected city.

Witnesses in the Old City area of Aleppo saw rebels struggling to unload a mortar powered by a car battery and fired using a Sony PlayStation controller.

As rebels freed some areas from regime forces, the rate of crime and robbery has increased, leading the rebels to take charge in restoring order back to the cities and streets, by improvising prisons to lock away any criminals.

Rates of crime rose in the Syrian city of Minbej after rebel forces took control of the city in July, after which they started rebuilding the police force. As a result, prisoners are kept in hotel facilities, where rooms were turned into detention cells.