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        10/17/2011, Tishrei 19, 5772

      Syria Claims More Israeli Weapons Seized


      The Syrian envoy to the Arab League (AL) announced, Sunday evening that his country had seized Israeli weapons from "armed groups" that the government blames for killing Syrian security personnel, according to a Monday morning report by Iran's Press TV, which cited Syrian state television. Speaking at an emergency meeting of Arab League foreign ministers regarding violence between Syrian security forces and demonstrators, Youssef Ahmad said, "They are Israeli made automatic weapons. This is proven and we'll show it on TV channels." Syria also announced a seizure of Israeli weapons at the end of September.

      More than 3,000 civilians have died as a result of the violence, including Syrian army attacks on civilians. The foreign ministers gave Syria 15 days to stop the violence or risk suspension from the group. Ahmad complained that no Arab partner had acted to condemn either the killings of Syrian armed forces or Israel's involvement. He also called on the Arab nations not to join, what he referred to as a United States-backed plan to target Syria.