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Turkey admits selling rifles to Syria 'for sports'

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Text by HÜRRIYET DAILY NEWS , Turkey

Latest update : 2013-12-17

No weapons intended for war have been exported to Syria in 2013, Defense Minister İsmet Yılmaz has said, while acknowledging that weapons “without military uses” for use in sports activities have been exported to the war-torn country.

Yılmaz declined to elaborate on who exactly received the exported weaponry.

Permission for exportation of all weapons from Turkey are issued by the Defense Ministry, Yılmaz said on the morning of Dec. 17, while delivering a speech at Parliament’s General Assembly during ongoing budget debates for the fiscal year 2014.

According to a report recently published by the state-run Anadolu Agency, however, Yılmaz initially denied that his ministry had given permission for the exportation of any weapons to Syria.

 

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Date created : 2013-12-17

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