Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

EYE ON AFRICA

Togo : will president Faure Gnassingbe win a third 5-year term ?

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Controversy reigns 100 years after the Armenian genocide

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

Migrant Deaths: Politicians Divided after Emergency EU Summit

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The G-Word: Turkey and the Armenian Genocide

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

What will the new French healthcare bill change?

Read more

#TECH 24

Space Special: Happy Birthday, Hubble!

Read more

FOCUS

Video: Meeting Marseille's Armenian community

Read more

REPORTERS

Saving French soldiers' WWI trench carvings

Read more

ENCORE!

Armenia, 100 years on

Read more

Middle east

Syrian expat businessmen announce fund for rebels

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2012-06-06

Rebels battling the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad will receive $300 million from a fund to aid the 15-month-long uprising, a group of expatriate businessmen announced in Qatar on Wednesday.

AFP - A group of expat Syrian businessmen announced in Qatar on Wednesday the creation of a $300 million (239 million euro) fund to support the rebellion against President Bashar al-Assad.

Mustafa Sabbagh, chairman of the newly created Syrian Business Forum, said "the businessmen of Syria... offer their full and clear support to the revolution against (Assad's) dictatorial regime."

Businessman Khaled Khouja told a news conference the SBF would offer the rebel Free Syrian Army "medical equipment and technological materiel to facilitate its communications in Syria."

Neither Sabbagh nor Khouja elaborated on how the money would be raised and how much, if any, was already available.

However, Sabbagh said $150 million had already been given to the rebels, but he did not provide any details.

Meanwhile, Wael Mirza, one of the SBF's leaders, said the forum planned to join the opposition coalition Syrian National Council.

The SBF has a seven-person board of directors, of which three would represent business people inside Syria, Sabbagh said. He added that trips were planned to donor countries, particularly the oil-rich Arab monarchies in the Gulf.

 

Date created : 2012-06-06

COMMENT(S)