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Syrian rebels hope for no-fly zone

Wednesday, December 21, 2011 - 01:15

Dec. 21 - Commander of Free Army in the north west of Syria says a NATO imposed no-fly zone is needed to defeat Assad. Lily Grimes reports.

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These troops are part of the Free Army set up by Syrian rebels to fight the regime of President Bashar al-Assad. They put on a show of bravado for the cameras but quickly retreat after being fired at by government forces with superior weaponry. The Free Army's military commander says a NATO imposed no-fly zone would help turn the tide. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) FREE ARMY CAPTAIN AND FORMER MEMBER OF SYRIAN ARMY, ABU MUJAIDIN, SAYING: "We are, God willing, demanding a buffer zone, if we got this it would give us aerial cover. With aerial cover we will be able to liberate our country, God willing." The Free Army has established a stronghold here in Jabal Zawiya near the Turkish border. Some are defectors from the Syrian army, this man shows his ID to prove it. The United Nations has said more than 5,000 people have been killed in Syria since anti-Assad protests broke out in March. Arab League monitors are due to arrive on Thursday to check Syria is complying with its peace plan. Lily Grimes, Reuters

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Syrian rebels hope for no-fly zone

Wednesday, December 21, 2011 - 01:15