Arms Delivery to Syria Militants Slammed

Arms Delivery to Syria Militants Slammed Arms Delivery to Syria Militants Slammed

Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani censured the West's continued support for militant groups in Syria and said an arms cargo has been recently shipped for militants in the northern city of Aleppo by European countries.

Speaking in an open session of parliament on Tuesday, Larijani pointed to recent massive attacks carried out by terrorist groups on civilians in Aleppo despite a truce in Syria, saying that terrorists committed heinous crimes amid ceasefire, Tasnim News Agency reported.

"It seems that initiating a ceasefire and organizing arms shipments to Syria, including the recent arms cargo shipped from Europe, was a plot hatched by the West and its regional allies to make them able to reach more gains in the ongoing UN-brokered peace talks," he said.

"As in the past, the arms sent for militants in Syria will be finally used against western countries," the speaker cautioned, referring to recent terrorist attacks in the European capitals of Paris and Brussels by the self-styled Islamic State terrorist group.

Syria has been gripped by civil war since March 2011 with various militant groups, including IS, currently controlling parts of it.

According to a new report by the Syrian Center for Policy Research, the conflict has claimed the lives of over 470,000 people, injured 1.9 million others and displaced nearly half of the country's prewar population of about 23 million within or beyond its borders.