Rebels urge air strikes on Assad missiles

Dubai, April 22 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Syrian rebels have asked their foreign supporters to use unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) for “surgical strikes” on missile positions of Syrian government forces.

A statement by the Syrian National Coalition Saturday addressed an Istanbul meeting of the Friends of Syria group, which includes the US, the EU members and some Arab nations.

“It is the moral imperative of the international community, led by the Friends of Syria, to take specific, precise and immediate action to protect Syrian civilians from the use of ballistic missiles and chemical weapons,” the statement said.

The document called specifically for “surgical strikes on [missile] launching locations by unmanned aerial vehicles”.

The Syrian opposition also called for the enforcement of a no-fly zone along Syria’s northern and southern borders to allow hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees to return to their homes without fear of air strikes by Presidet Bashar al-Assad’s air force.

So far, the US has provided an estimated $117 million in non-lethal aid to the Syrian opposition, according to the US government.

–IANS/RIA Novosti

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