Friends of Syria agree to rebel aid

Friends of Syria agree to provide urgent rebel aid.

Syrian rebels celebrate next to the remains of a Syrian government fighter jet which was shot down at Daret Ezza, on the border between the provinces of Idlib and Aleppo, on November 28, 2012. Picture: AFP.

DOHA - Western and Arab countries opposed to President Bashar al-Assad agreed at talks in Qatar on Saturday to give urgent support to Syrian rebels fighting for his overthrow, and to channel that aid through a Western-backed rebel military command.

Ministers from the 11 main countries which form the Friends of Syria group agreed "to provide urgently all the necessary materiel and equipment to the opposition on the ground".

They also condemned "the intervention of Hezbollah militias and fighters from Iran and Iraq", demanding that they withdraw immediately.