June 21, 2011
Senior Israeli source: Iran actively helping Syria squash demonstrations
Not only is Iran supplying equipment to the Syrian army, the source says, Iran's Revolutionary Guard also organized demonstrations against Israel on Nakba and Naksa Day.
A senior Israeli source says Iran is involved in the suppressing of the anti-regime demonstrations in Syria. Iran’s Revolutionary Guard and the Al-Quds force, commanded by Gen. Qassem Suleimani, are operating throughout the country, the source says.
The source told Haaretz there is clear information on Iran’s involvement in the crushing of the protests, as well as the participation of Hezbollah. Their role is not limited to shootings; Iran has also supplied equipment to the Syrian army, including sniper rifles and communications systems for disrupting the Internet in the country, the source said.
Syrian residents and media reports say men in military uniforms have been heard speaking poor Arabic or Farsi among themselves.
“In the Syrian army there is a ban on beards, so when we see military people with beards we can assume they’re not part of the regular Syrian army,” the source said.
Read more at Haaretz.com.