World Bulletin / News Desk
The Syrian National Coalition for Opposition and Revolutionary Forces on Tuesday announced they would demand the Free Syrian Army to be armed with weapons.
In an exclusive interview with the AA, the Spokesperson for the Syrian National Coalition, Waleed al-Bunni underlined that they decided to participate in the Rome conference after Assad war jets bombed the
Syrian people on Thursday and Friday and after the Arab countries remained silent in the wake of such attacks.
"It is crucial for us to get armed so that we can counter Assad regime's attacks," al-Bunni stressed.
A message must be given in Rome that, unless Assad left, there would not be a political solution, al-Bunni noted.
Haris an-Nebhan, a member of the Syrian National Coalition, stressed that providing arms to the Free Syrian Army will be one of their demands to be submitted to the international community during the conference of the "Friends of the Syrian People" to be held in Rome on Thursday.
If the friends of the Syrian people wish to end the Syrian crisis, they must meet our demand of providing weapons to the Free Syrian Army, al-Nebhan underlined.
The Syrian National Coalition for Opposition and Revolutionary Forces had announced they would not join in the Rome conference to protest the world's insensitivity on the crimes perpetrated in Syria.
The Coalition also had announced that they would not join the talks in Russia and the US.
President of the Syrian National Coalition, Ahmad Moaz al-Khatib on Monday evening announced that the Syrian National Coalition decided to participate in the Rome conference.
Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah on Tuesday pledged $500 million in humanitarian aid to help ease the crisis in Syria.
Syrian state television put the number killed at 44 and said 21 others had been wounded in the attack on Mabouja, a 60-km (40 mile) drive east of Hama. A Syrian military source said the army had repelled the assault on Tuesday.
A strike early on Tuesday near Sanaa airport blew a large crater in a group of five houses, witnesses said. There were no casualties, suggesting the buildings had been empty since a deadly raid in the same area last week.
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Explosions and heavy gunfire was heard in the Shida and al-Hisama districts of Saada province and near the town of Haradh in neighbouring Hajja province.
fState TV says tons of food and medical supplies have been airlifted to Shiite militant group.
"Iran and Saudi Arabia can cooperate to solve the Yemeni crisis," Abdollahian told reporters in Kuwait, speaking through a translator. "We recommend all parties in Yemen return to calm and dialogue".
In a statement, the independent aid agency "called for the urgent removal of obstacles to the delivery to Yemenof vital medical supplies needed to treat casualties from a week of deadly clashes and air strikes".
Egypt Foreign Ministry said in a statement that Egypt was in contact with Saudi Arabia and Oman in an effort to ease the return of Egyptian nationals from Yemen.
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) is mounting an attempt to airlift nationals from the Yemeni city of Sanaa.
Ousted Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh thanked Oman's Sultan Qaboos bin Said in a Facebook statement
Iranian news website Tabnak named the journalist as Amir Hossein Motaghi, who helped Rouhani to his landslide win in the 2013 presidential elections.
The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation agreement signed in Turkish capital
According to witnesses, pro-Saleh forces, Houthis enter Yemen's Ad Dali after 6 days of clashes