Hollande calls on Syrian opposition to keep arms from radicals
French President Francois Hollande Sunday called on the Syrian opposition to ensure that any Western-supplied weapons will not end up in the hands of extremists, a day after world powers pledged to offer military aid to the rebels, dpa reported.
"We cannot provide these arms to groups that would use them against the interests of a democratic Syria or against us," Hollande told reporters in Qatar.
The Friends of Syria group of countries have vowed to offer urgent military assistance to the Syrian rebels to help them reverse gains by forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad.
The 11-country grouping said in a statement after talks in the Qatari capital Doha at the weekend that they agreed to "take urgent and practical measures" to assist the Syrian opposition.
In Syria, opposition activists said at least three people were killed and 10 injured in a bombing in the capital Damascus.
State television described the attack as a suicide car bombing that caused an unspecified number of civilians casualties.
The broadcaster accused what it called "terrorists" of carrying out a second car bombing in the district of Mezze 86 in western Damascus, killing three civilians dead.
The district is inhabited mostly by Alawites, a Shiite Muslim sect to which al-Assad belongs.
In the northern city of Aleppo, at least 12 government soldiers were killed in a car bombing by Islamist rebels, reported the oSyrian Observatory for Human Rights activists group.
The Britain-based group said opposition fighters were carrying out a large-scale attack against regime troops in the western parts of Aleppo, which has been at the centre of fighting between the two sides in recent months.
At least 93,000 have been killed in Syria since March 2011, according to the United Nations.
In neighbouring Lebanon, two army soldiers were killed in clashes with insurgents backing the Syrian opposition, said security officials.
The fighting occurred at a security checkpoint in the southern city of Sidon after the army stopped a car carrying followers of Sunni cleric Ahmed al-Assir, who has criticized the Lebanese Shiite Hezbollah movement for backing al-Assad.