Syria opposition denies getting air defense missiles

Al-Furqan brigade fighters, part of the Free Syrian Army, launch a Grad rocket towards forces loyal to Syria's president Bashar Al-Assad located in Mork town, Hama. (Reuters)

Syrian opposition groups did not receive air defense missiles as earlier reported, a spokesman from the Syrian High Negotiations Committee confirmed to AlArabiya.net.

Riyadh Naasan Agha said that no Syrian opposition groups have received any air defense missiles or technologies, confirming the same denial issued earlier by Dr. Salem al-Maslet in a news conference in Riyadh on Monday.

“If we did receive any air defense missiles systems, we wouldn’t be in this situation that we are in today,” he said.

The reports of the anti-air defense missiles came after Senior Fellow at the Middle East Institute and expert on Middle East insurgency Charles Lister tweeted that “select ‘vetted’ FSA units have also received field artillery systems & ammunition, while TOW antitank missiles are also still flowing.”

Requests for the air defense missiles have been a key demand of the Syrian opposition for the past five years.

*A full version of this articles appears on AlArabiya.net.

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