NATO official says alliance will not intervene in Syria

NATO has said that it will not intervene militarily in Syria, after the leader of the Syrian opposition called on the U.S. to protect the rebels.

Source: Tanjug
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"NATO has no intention to intervene militarily in Syria," said an official of the alliance.

The statement came after Syrian opposition leader Moaz al-Khatib, taking part in the Arab League summit, urged the United States to increase their efforts to end the two-year conflict in Syria.

Al-Khatib said that he asked U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry for northern parts of Syria, which are controlled by the rebels, to be protected from government warplanes with the Patriot missile system.

The missile batteries are located in Turkey where they were deployed last year by the U.S., Germany and the Netherlands, in order to protect Turkish cities from potential attacks from Syria.

The Syrian opposition today, at the opening of the Arab League summit in Doha, took place of official Damascus, whose membership in this organization has been suspended two years ago.

The Qatari emir, who strongly supports the initiative of Western and regional powers to oust Bashar al-Assad from power, urged the UN Security Council to halt the bloodshed in Syria and bring those responsible to justice.

The war in Syria has divided the world powers and paralyzed the Security Council, and has led to divisions in the Arab world as well. Saudi Arabia and Qatar are the loudest opponents of Assad, while Iraq, Lebanon and Algeria oppose his removal from power.

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