Western and Arab allies of the Syrian opposition meeting in Qatar have promised to urgently supply all the material and equipment necessary to the rebel forces in the field.
The delegates also called on all Iraqi, Iranian, and Hezbollah fighters to leave Syria immediately.
“Force might be necessary to achieve justice. And the supply of weapons and using them might be the only way to achieve peace, especially in Syria’s case,” said the Prime Minister and Foreign
Minister of Qatar Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabr Al-Thani.
All military aid will be channeled through the Military Council of the Free Syrian Army. While the Qatar meeting has focused on fighting, the idea of a “Geneva2” peace conference is not being abandoned, especially by Russia, Bashar al-Assad’s main backer.
“If our goal is the conference, then we must avoid any discussions and, of course, any action designed to establish a no-fly zone. We must avoid confrontational debates and one-sided resolutions in the United Nations General Assembly and in the Human Rights Council because all this is not helping to create the atmosphere necessary to convene a conference,” said Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in St. Petersburg.
Fighting continues to be intense in several areas of Syria, notably on the edges of Damascus, and unverified video footage showed Syrian army jets in action in Hama on Friday.