Fierce clashes erupt at Syria's Minnigh airport, watchdog says
Iran Press TV
Wed Apr 24, 2013 3:3PM GMT
Foreign-sponsored militants have clashed with Syrian government forces inside the Minnigh military airport in the north of the country, a watchdog says.
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights director Rami Abdel Rahman said on Wednesday that the militants who "have laid siege to the airport for months now, entered it for the first time around dawn."
He added that heavy fighting continued in the morning "inside the grounds of the airport."
Meanwhile, the United States and Qatar are set to boost their support for the militants operating inside Syria, in an act of foreign interference in the internal affairs of the crisis-hit country.
US President Barack Obama made the announcement at the White House following a meeting with the emir of Qatar, Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani.
On April 21, US Secretary of State John Kerry said that Washington had decided on an "assistance package," increasing what it called non-lethal aid to the militants by more than USD 127 million.
This would bring the total amount of US aid to the militants to USD 250 million.
The Syria crisis began in March 2011, and many people, including large numbers of soldiers and security personnel, have been killed in the violence.
Damascus says the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and there are reports that a very large number of the militants are foreign nationals.
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